HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) — A Huntington Beach neighborhood was quiet again Sunday after a chaotic night with thousands appearing in the area for a party that had been publicized on TikTok, but some vendors at Surf City ArtWalk returned to find looters had stolen or damaged their property.
"Hundreds of dollars of stuff was stolen, damaged, plants are all over. Cracked vases are all over. It's just sad," Kandie Gonzalez of Peace Sol and Succulents, told CBSLA's Joy Benedict. "Some may say it's not a big deal, but to be honest, it is a big deal...no accountability at all."
An unlawful assembly had been declared Saturday night due to an unruly crowd after about 2,500 people converged in the area for the party that had gone viral after being publicized on social media.
When police tried to have the crowd disperse after sundown, chaos ensued, with fireworks being thrown at officers and attendees, and some partygoers engaging in graffiti, looting, and destroying property. An emergency curfew has been put into place effective at 11:30 p.m. through 5:30 a.m. for those within the downtown area.
"Multiple downtown businesses, numerous police vehicles and a lifeguard tower suffered damage due to vandalism," police said in a press release.
Police said 121 adults and 28 juveniles were arrested and booked for various charges including vandalism, the firing of dangerous/illegal fireworks, failure to disperse, and curfew violations.
No significant injuries have been reported, according to police.
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