City leaders shut down Continental Ballroom

Shooting investigation Continental Ballroom 4/5/2014 (WIAT-TV)
Shooting investigation Continental Ballroom 4/5/2014 (WIAT-TV)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — City leaders shut down an event facility known for more than just its parties.

The Continental Ballroom lost its business license not long after a shooting during a teen party.

However, closing that location hasn’t stopped the teen parties from popping up across the city.

More advertisements for similar parties targeting teens are making the rounds in flyers and on Facebook.

City councilors say the events go after teenagers as young as 13 years old.

Councilwoman Kim Rafferty says she doesn’t like what’s being presented to Birmingham youth.

“I don’t have a problem with my daughter going to a dance club. I have a problem with a promoter coming in, renting out an event center and running an adult-targeted material type of event,” Rafferty said.

She says she wants Birmingham to have a dance club options for teens, but only if there is a way to properly regulate them.

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