Seven people were arrested and charged including a firefighter following the Huntington Beach riot that occurred on Sunday night. The chaos rocked the California coastal town and more than 100 police officers were deployed to quell the violence. According to the Los Angeles Times on July 31, 2013, the rioting happened after the U.S. Open of Surfing.
“Police arrested seven people in connection with the disturbance and said additional arrests were likely as they study the numerous photos and videos that were shot of people tipping over portable toilets, smashing a shop window, hurling traffic cones and wooden planks ripped from barricades, and taunting police.”
The Huntington Beach riot arrests included a firefighter who was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. His department put him on paid leave. The others were charged with a number of offenses related to the rioting. More arrests are expected as police analyze photos taken during the fracas.
The Huntington Beach riot compelled residents to call for higher security or even ending the annual event. The U.S. Open of Surfing is attended by 500,000 people over eight days and brings in around $21 million to the local economy. In 1986 riots also occurred that caused organizers to move the event to its current date.
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