A pool party filled with college students in South Carolina was shut down for violating social distancing guidelines.
Authorities say hundreds of party-goers were hanging out by the pool area near the University of South Carolina, reports New York Post.
Columbia Fire Chief, Aubrey Jenkins, said he received a noise complaint that caused neighbors to worry when he drove by the pool at The Apartments at Palmetto Compress. The fire department said it broke the huge party around 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.
“It was almost like Mardi Gras,” Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said.
The pool was packed with people who also crowded the swimming area’s side, and students were seen standing on top of the pool house.
Jenkins says no one was practicing social distancing or wear a face mask, “but there was lots of drinking going on.”
Jenkins said even if the COVID-19 pandemic wasn't going on, “there still would have been too many people in the pool.”
When officials urged the young adults to leave, the chief said one student told him, “I can’t catch COVID. I’m immune to the stuff.”
The fire chief told the apartment complex that he would recommend keeping the pool shut down.
Officials at the University of South Carolina say it was glad that law enforcement busted the pool party.
Throughout the country, colleges have seen students test positive for COVID-19.
Last week, more than 1,200 students and 166 employees had tested positive for COVID-19 at the University of Alabama. While the school has released its COVID-19 tracking dashboard, positive tests have still doubled.