A large party at CU-Boulder turned into a destructive ordeal on Saturday night, with partygoers destroying vehicles and allegedly assaulting police officers in the University Hill neighborhood of the Colorado college town. A student’s car was flipped, along with damage to multiple emergency services vehicles responding to the incident, including a firetruck.
The officers are in “good” condition according to the Boulder Daily Camera.
A TikToker declared that “Boulder just turned into Project X,” a reference to the 2012 party blockbuster based on an Australia house party hosted by Corey Worthington that raged out of control.
Tear gas was used by police to disperse the crowd when the party turned into an out-of-control riot.
In a statement on Twitter, Boulder Police are investigating the incident, reviewing footage captured on social media and police body camera footage “to charge and identify” individuals involved in the destruction.
Regarding what happened tonight on University Hill, the Boulder Department is reviewing all body worn camera footage and shared social media videos/photos to identify the individuals involved in damaging property and assaulting first responders 1/3 #Boulder pic.twitter.com/lsRvIovmy3
— Boulder Police Dept. (@boulderpolice) March 7, 2021
Boulder County health officials are understandably concerned about the riot being a “super spreader” event, as few of the attendees were shown in social media footage wearing masks.
Social distancing protocols were clearly ignored – a reminder that we’re not out of the woods yet with the COVID-19 pandemic, even as vaccination efforts pick up.
Jeff Zayach with Boulder Cnty Pub health says it will be 5-7 days before they will know if these events will have any direct impact on COVID cases and outbreaks. says monitoring age of cases and other data will help determine if directly connected.
— Adam Rayes (@arayes17) March 7, 2021
Meanwhile, Buff students and alum are chiming in on social media with their overall disappointment in the CU Boulder student community, distancing and condemning the actions.
College students in Boulder had a party with several hundred people in the middle of a pandemic. Boulder PD showed up to disperse the crowd and threatened to arrest people. This is what remains of a car people flipped over and destroyed #9News pic.twitter.com/221GjNNijP
— Marc Sallinger (@MarcSallinger) March 7, 2021
— Amanda Alden (@K1DDN) March 7, 2021
i’m sorry but the fact that i ever went to cu boulder is embarrassing pic.twitter.com/yXXtVlyUMs
— m (@goodluckfindin) March 7, 2021
Hey boulder, what is wrong with you? Ashamed to be associated with this school and town pic.twitter.com/i2PlqvMSx7
— Vinny Lupo (@vinny_lupo) March 7, 2021
embarrassed to be a buff tonight. do better boulder. pic.twitter.com/oGe7dCqdKz
— Paul Gordon (@pgordon2019) March 7, 2021
There was a #MayonaiseLivesMatter riot in Boulder Colorado last night, but law enforcement & the media is playing it off as a rowdy frat party.
People were vandalizing cars, property, and assaulting police. And I don’t think one person was arrested.
But we know why pic.twitter.com/Q7loPEccX7
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) March 7, 2021