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Judge's order cancels 'rave' near Frederick

August 23, 1998

FREDERICK, Md. - A "rave" scheduled for Saturday and today near here was prevented from taking place when a judge issued a temporary restraining order, Maryland State Police said Saturday.

The "Cybernature '98" festival was to be held off Hansonville Road north of Frederick, but was stopped when the order was issued by Frederick County Circuit Court Judge G. Edward Dwyer, according to police.

Col. David B. Mitchell, superintendent of the Maryland State Police, had requested the order, state police said.

State police filed for the injunction through the state Attorney General's office because the promoters allegedly failed to comply with a law regarding outdoor music festivals, said state police.

A rave held near Boonsboro two years ago drew concern from Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman.

The concert attracted about 2,000 teenagers and young adults to the Auction Square on Alt. U.S. 40. Several people near the party were charged with drug offenses.

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Many of the partygoers had to walk across Alt. U.S. 40 to get to the rave, and Kauffman said it was surprising none of them were hit by vehicles on that highway.

Raves typically feature dancing to electronic music and elaborate light displays.

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