South Boston

Boston Police Discover Underage Drinking Party at Airbnb Rental

Police recently investigated a loud party at an Airbnb property in South Boston where they said they discovered several underage drinkers.

Officers responded to a call Sunday at about 11 p.m. for a loud party causing a disturbance in the area of 532 East Eighth St.

When officers arrived, they saw several people, who appeared to be underaged, running away.

Witnesses told police that the property was an Airbnb and that the renters had been having a loud party and engaging in drinking all night.

When officers announced their presence at the property to further investigate, police saw a group of young adults and minors running from the backyard.

Police said they then entered the inside of the property and noticed the strong scent of what smelled like burnt marijuana. Officers also saw several open containers of alcohol.

In addition, police said the property's smoke detectors had been disabled.

Police said an attempt to locate the renter for the property was unsuccessful.

Airbnb released a statement about the incident.

"There have been over 300 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings to date and negative incidents are extremely rare," the company said in the statement. "We banned this individual from our platform, we are fully supporting our host, and we are reaching out to local law enforcement to offer our assistance with their investigation. The safety of our community is our priority."

No arrests were made and the incident remains under investigation.

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