Eight people arrested in Calif. after unruly crowd starts brawl following U.S. Open of Surfing, police say

Crowd seen knocking over porter potties in Huntington Beach, Calif.
CBS Los Angeles
Crowd seen knocking over porter potties in Huntington Beach, Calif.
CBS Los Angeles

(CBS/AP) HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - Huntington Beach Police said a large and unruly crowd started a brawl that clashed with officers Sunday night after the U.S. Open of Surfing, according to CBS Los Angeles.

The week-long surfing competition drew thousands of people to the Orange County city that bills itself as "Surf City USA."  A large fight broke out between some people in a crowd after the contest ended. When officers tried to break it up, the mob surged downtown, police Lt. John Domingo told KNX-AM on Monday.

CBS Los Angeles reports police referred to the disturbance as a "major event," and officers from several other cities were called in to help restore order.

The crowd reportedly pulled down a stop sign, and a man used it to smash the front window of a bicycle shop, which was then looted. Others brawled, threw bottles, toppled portable toilets, rocked a city truck and threw a chair into a fountain, police said.

Police used nonlethal ammunition to help disperse the crowd.

One person was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, and seven were arrested for other crimes including disturbing the peace, unlawful assembly and inciting a riot, Domingo said.

"We're extremely disappointed and saddened by the disturbance," read a statement on the U.S. Open of Surfing website. "We work tirelessly with city staff, police, fire and other agencies to ensure a safe environment for all."

Investigators planned to review video and could make more arrests.