'Rave' party raises concern in Balto. Co.

December 30, 1993|By Staff Report

Mike Gimbel, director of Baltimore County's Office of Substance Abuse, is worried about a 12-hour Rave party New Year's Eve that's expected to attract 2,000 teens and young adults from as far away as Montreal and Atlanta.

Though advertisements for the party at the Timonium Fairgrounds say there will be no alcohol, Mr. Gimbel has asked Baltimore County police to keep tabs on the affair because of his concern that participants may bring hallucinogenic drugs and nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, which can be harmful. huge Uncle Sam figure printed on a color flier for the event sports a marijuana leaf on his lapel.

Chris Campbell, part owner of Modern Music in the 200 block of W. Read St. in Baltimore City, where tickets are being sold for $20 each, said the Rave parties, all-night, techno-music and laser events, are just good clean fun for young people.

A Baltimore company named "Ultraworld" is sponsoring the party, which will run until 10 a.m. New Year's Day and will feature disc jockeys from New York and Washington.

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