LIBERTY, Ohio (WKBN) – Officers from Mahoning and Trumbull counties were called to a large party at an event center in Liberty Saturday night.

A birthday party was cut short at Smash-On Party Center Saturday night after police officers from a number of agencies rushed to the scene.

Police said the manager called just before 10:30 p.m. when teenagers started causing problems at the party on the 3000 block of Belmont Avenue.

“I’m not about to contribute to it. I’m not about to rent parties out when I know it could possibly trouble,” said Smash-On Party Center owner Lamar McGary.

Once police got there, a fight broke out and more crews were called for backup, including Girard, Youngstown and Austintown police as well as the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Police said some people ran from the scene and were pursued.

A few juveniles were detained but released to their parents.

McGary is making adjustments to his Smash-On Party Center business after police say a large group of juveniles was fighting in the parking lot Saturday night.

“Apparently there were some kids that wanted to come there and start problems and that’s exactly what we got problems,” said Liberty Police Department Chief Toby Meloro.

It happened after a Sweet 16 birthday party was cut short.

McGary said the birthday girl’s grandmother asked him to end it when she noticed it was getting rowdy. The kids were escorted outside and asked to leave multiple times but they didn’t.

McGary said he saw pushing and shoving so he called the police. Officers from more than a half dozen different agencies rushed to the area on Belmont Avenue.

“They sent help right away. Kudos to them. They came right away and deescalated the situation,” said McGary.

McGary said he was a troubled teen himself, so he knows what they’re going through.

“Now I’m older I know better so I mean I can avoid it and not participate in it. I can do my part,” said McGary.

McGary said he’ll honor the parties that are already booked but because of what happened on Saturday, he won’t be booking any more future parties saying he’s making safety a priority.

“I put safety over the money so I don’t need to see, like I don’t want to see no shootings or no stabbings because then I’m going to have to be on camera answering for it so before it gets to that point. I’d rather just end that whole section of my business,” said McGary.