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Albany officials investigate overcrowding at area nightclubs

City leaders and officials are investigating overcrowding at Albany nightclubs. (Source: WALB) City leaders and officials are investigating overcrowding at Albany nightclubs. (Source: WALB)
Albany Firefighters said that they witnessed more than 1,000 people inside Club Excel early Saturday morning. (Source: WALB) Albany Firefighters said that they witnessed more than 1,000 people inside Club Excel early Saturday morning. (Source: WALB)
Asst. Chief Eugene Anderson (Source: WALB) Asst. Chief Eugene Anderson (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany Fire and City officials will investigate several nightclubs for overcrowding, after there were reports of hundreds more people allowed in clubs over the weekend.

Albany Firefighters said that they witnessed more than 1,000 people inside Club Excel early Saturday morning.  

The club is approved for only an occupancy of 360.  

Three people were arrested outside the club by police for drug sales, obstruction or interference with officers. 

Firefighters said that hundreds of people could not have gotten out of the club in time if there had been an emergency.

"When we issue the certificate of occupancy, we are looking at how many people can exit the structure within a certain amount of time," explained Asst. Chief Eugene Anderson with the Albany Fire Department.

Anderson said the club was overcrowded this past weekend.

Albany fire officials counseled the club owners about the certificate of occupancy requirements.  

City officials plan to inspect and counsel more business owners this week about overcrowding issues.

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