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Metro Council Members proposing legislation to eliminate 'pop-up' parties

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Legislation is in the works after parties have been been 'popping up' throughout the community.

Council members Marianne Butler, Vicki Welch, Mary Woolridge and David Yates are co-sponsoring the legislation to eliminate what they call dangerous happenings.

The parties happen in abandoned warehouses and empty storefronts, without security and council members say the structures aren't always safe.

An elderly resident told Councilwoman Butler she had heard gunfire on weekends near her house. A subsequent investigation by LMPD found there was a weekend party in an empty building close to her home.

The parties don't happen every week or in the same location.

According to Councilwoman Welch, a Facebook tip led LMPD to bust one of the "pop-up parties" near an elementary school in District 13. Police also arrested several people for possession of heroin, guns and a large amount of cash the day before one of the parties was supposed to happen, Welch said.

Police say those behind these parties charge teens $5 to $10 to get into the parties and then try to get them hooked on drugs.

Promoters advertise on social media as to where the next location will be.

“Our police officers have indicated that this ordnance will help them better protect our children and anytime we can get ahead of the game and stop a potential tragedy, then we need to be proactive when it comes to keeping our children safe,” said Councilman Yates in a press release.

The legislation has been sent to the Public Safety Committee and it will be discussed on Thursday.

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