TOWSON, Md. - A pepper spray incident at the recently opened Torrent Lounge had customers leaving the nightclub coughing and vomiting early Saturday morning.
Police were called to Torrent Lounge in the 500 block of York Road around 12:45 a.m. following reports that a customer had discharged a can of pepper spray inside the building. When officers arrived, club goers were streaming from the building coughing and vomiting. A medic unit treated people at the scene, but no hospitalizations were needed.
Torrent General Manager Jessica Warfield wants to assure patrons they are taking measures to prevent future issues. " This was an isolated incident," she said. "We've upped security to make sure it won't happen again. Most of all we're happy no one was hurt."
A portion of York Road in front of the business was closed for an hour while the fire department ventilated the building.
Police arrested Ean McNaney 26 for disorderly conduct. Police said club patrons were holding him down during an argument over who released the pepper spray. He ignored police orders to stop yelling and challenging people to fight and was placed under arrest.
Torrent Lounge opened Friday night in the former Recher Theater space. The club’s website says it is, “The ultimate & premium nightlife entertainment club in Maryland."