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Viral video drew hundreds to California party; 150 arrested

Posted at 11:30 AM, May 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-23 14:30:34-04

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A birthday party invitation that went viral on TikTok brought hundreds of people to a raucous celebration on a Southern California beach, prompting police to declare an unlawful assembly and arrest about 150 people after they refused orders to disperse.

Police in Huntington Beach estimate that at least 1,000 people gathered by the fire pits on the sand Saturday night.

Officers ordered the crowd to disperse and issued an emergency curfew after partygoers began to climb atop a lifeguard tower and illegally set off fireworks.

Video footage from the scene shows officers dressed in riot helmets firing less-lethal rounds and shutting down streets to control the crowd.