29 more arrested in California beach town on 2nd night unruly for TikTok party
Police made 29 arrests during the second night of unlawful assembly in Huntington Beach on Sunday, May 23, which stemmed from a party promoted on TikTok that drew thousands to the city over the weekend.
About 150 people traveled from the beach to downtown Sunday night, and an unlawful assembly was eventually declared, Huntington Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Carey said.
Of the 29 people arrested, 13 were minors.
Crowds on Sunday gathered in the same area as those on Saturday evening, when police estimated around 2,500 people were thronging. Crowds partied around the pier, pushed through traffic, set off fireworks and vandalized police cruisers.
Those arrested Sunday night were charged with assault with a deadly weapon, firing dangerous and/or illegal fireworks, resisting arrest and failure to pay, police said.
Some people ran near the pier and set off fireworks.
There were no reports of significant injuries or property damage. The crowd was mostly dispersed by 11 p.m., Carey said.
Officers were monitoring the crowd to make sure there was no violence on Sunday, she said, before things got out of hand.
“Crowd size wasn’t the issue and the crowd wasn’t the issue,” Carey said, “until they started throwing fireworks at officers. that’s when the dynamic changed – when it started to happen, we declared an unlawful assembly.
The incidents grew out of a video uploaded to TikTok, supposedly by a teenager named Adrian promoting a weekend bonfire to celebrate his birthday at Huntington Beach State Park. The hashtag announcing the event, “AdriansKickBack,” had 273.8 million views on the app Monday morning, according to TikTok. The original video has been deleted.
On Friday evening, around 400 people gathered without any arrests being made. The crowd left voluntarily when told to do so by officers, after lighting fireworks near the fire pits, Lt. Brian Smith said.
On Saturday evening, when thousands of people descended on the beach and downtown, police from across the region responded to the unruly crowd for several hours. The night ended with 149 arrests, including those of 28 minors, Carey said.
While some of those arrested were from Southern California, Carey said, others were from across the state and even from different states.