150 people arrested after viral TikTok video draws hundreds to California beach party – National

A birthday party invitation that went viral on TikTok brought hundreds to a boisterous celebration on a Southern California beach on Saturday night, prompting police to declare a gathering illegal and arrest around 150 people afterwards. having refused the order to disperse.

The massive rally began with a now-deleted video posted to the popular social media app of a user named adrian.lopez517, who invited someone to their birthday party near the homes of Huntington Beach on Saturday night, reported Sunday the Orange County Register. The hashtag “AdriansKickBack” has received over 180 million views on TikTok.

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One party animal told a New York Times reporter: “This is the first party lit up since COVID. “

At least 400 people showed up around a rescue tower as early as Friday evening, Police Lt. Brian Smith said. When people in the crowd started throwing fireworks near the fireplaces, he said, the officers declared the gathering illegal and the revelers dispersed.

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The Huntington Beach Police Department posted on Twitter the next day that they were bracing for a surge of visitors due to the promoted party and warned they would enforce local rules, including a ban on alcohol consumption. or drugs on the beach and not to do fireworks.

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However, an even larger crowd turned up on Saturday night. Police estimated that at least 2,500 people gathered on the beach before moving into the city center. Officers again ordered the crowd to disperse and imposed an overnight curfew after revelers began to climb to the top of a lifeguard tower and shoot more fireworks, a the police announced.

Video footage from the scene shows officers dressed in riot helmets closing streets to control crowds and, in some cases, firing less deadly shells. Police said some people threw bottles, stones and fireworks at officers.

Those arrested included 121 adults and 28 minors who were convicted of vandalism, illegal fireworks, non-dispersal and non-compliance with curfews, police spokeswoman Jennifer Carey said.

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A number of downtown businesses, police vehicles and a rescue tower were damaged, but no serious injuries were reported, she said.

Huntington Beach, which connects a vibrant business district to an eight-mile stretch of sand, was the site of large gatherings last year as restrictions related to the pandemic, the 2020 presidential election and the Black movement Lives Matter drew protesters who occasionally clashed with police in the city center.

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