Baltimore County police were called early Saturday to the Torrent Lounge in Towson, which opened Friday, after someone discharged pepper spray inside, causing some patrons to cough and vomit.
Officers were called at 12:44 a.m. to the nightclub in the 500 block of York Road for a disturbance. Police said a customer discharged a can of pepper spray inside the club. A medic unit also responded, but police officials said no one was taken to the hospital.
Police issued one man a citation for disorderly conduct after he got into a fight with other patrons over who discharged the spray. Ean McNaney, 26, of the 5400 block of Fallriver Row Court in Columbia received the citation after police said was cursing and challenging people to fight. He was arrested after he would not comply with officers orders, police said.
The Fire Department ventilated the building, closing a section of York Road in front of the club for about an hour.
The Baltimore County Liquor Board will review the incident.
"We're just happy that everyone is safe. It's not a reflection of what we represent," said Jessica Warfield, the club's general manager. "Someone was just trying to be malicious."
She said the incident occurred during a performance by DJ duo Bassjackers and that the incident will not disrupt Torrent's other grand opening events this weekend.
The Torrent Lounge opened Friday after nearly a year of renovations to the building once occupied by the Recher Theatre, which closed in March 2013. The theater had been cleared of responsibility by the liquor board after a September 2012 event drew large, rowdy crowds that flooded into the street, requiring a heavy police presence.
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