An invitation to a beach party on the TikTok app on Saturday night in Huntington Beach, Calif., Sparked a wave of guests, resulting in many arrests.
Police arrested 149 adolescents and young adults for vandalism or disturbing public order. According to US media reports, the event drew more than 2,500 people to the coastal city south of Los Angeles. Also the night before, some 400 revelers had come to the beach who police said were misbehaving.
The invitation to the mass party came from TikTok user adrian.lopez517, who in a video invited everyone to come to the beach to celebrate their birthday. The hashtag “AdriansKickBack” was then viewed over 180 million times.
Police had their hands full with the growing crowd on Saturday. The revelers jumped onto the pedestrian bridge at Huntington Beach Pier, rode slow cars, and lit fireworks. The authorities have decided to impose a curfew at night. About 150 police officers intervened because some people threw bottles and stones. Shops, stalls and patrol cars were damaged as crowds moved along the sea wall and through the city.
No injuries were reported.
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