ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The city of Albuquerque shut down its fourth rave since August on Friday, this one inside a building owned by a well-known Albuquerque nonprofit.
Inspectors said they found fire exits blocked and locked, expired fire extinguishers and even a smoke alarm without a battery while 406 teens, some of the scantily clad, partied. No drugs or alcohol were found inside the event.
"It was a dangerous situation," T.J. Wilham, city public safety spokesman, said. "Had a fire broken out in this building we could have had a large loss of life."
The building is owned by Youth Development Incorporated, a nonprofit that receives money from the state to run programs that help low-income youth. YDI has leased the room where the party was held to Wool Warehouse.
Ted Garcia, the head of Wool Warehouse, said he takes full responsibility because he forgot to get the most recent fire inspection. He hopes to have that done by the end of the week.
Wool Warehouse subleased the space to Chris Myers, 27, who has a lengthy criminal history including drug dealing and DWI. According to inspectors, Myers at first resisted shutting down the rave but then complied and asked everyone to leave.
Myers, Wool Warehouse and YDI could face charges for the incident.
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