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With heavy police enforcement, H2Oi in Ocean City noticeably calmer

by DrewLUD
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The last weekend in September was quieter in Ocean City this year.

That’s a major change from the past few years, when attendees of the unofficial, unsanctioned, social-media planned H2Oi descended on the Worcester County beach town and left it in a cloud of smoke.

“This year, the combined measures of the Ocean City community and our allied agencies resulted in a significant decrease from last year’s event. While we experienced isolated incidents, the event over all was much different than years past,” Ocean City Police Department Chief Ross Buzzuto said in a statement Sunday. 

“I am humbled and proud of the dedication of our Ocean City police officers, dispatchers, public safety personnel, and the hundreds of men and women from allied agencies who worked tirelessly to protect and serve our community this weekend.” 

Car enthusiasts flocked to the unofficial H2Oi popup Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Ocean City, Maryland. Law enforcement from around the area were in full force, enforcing the special event zone thoughout Ocean City and Worcester County.

The official H2Oi, a gathering for modified car owners and enthusiasts, left Ocean City in 2017. People kept coming anyway, and things went downhill.

The “havoc,” as Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan called it in a 2019 Facebook post, seems to have peaked in 2019 and 2020, when large crowds blocked traffic and drivers performed burnouts and doughnuts on or near Coastal Highway.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service