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Huntington Beach crowd won't leave after surf open

Posted: July 29, 2013 9:00 a.m.
Updated: July 29, 2013 9:00 a.m.

Alejo Muniz was crowned the men's champion of the 2013 Vans US Open of Surfing competition on Sunday in Huntington Beach.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Police in Huntington Beach say crowds in the aftermath of the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing are refusing to leave the seaside downtown of the Orange County city and fights are breaking out.

Police Lt. Mitchell O'Brien tells KCBS-TV that when the event's last day ended Sunday officers were unable to get the crowd to disperse from surrounding streets.

Hours later, police were still struggling with the crowd, the department had summoned all officers to duty and was asking for help from other agencies.

There are no immediate reports of injuries, damages or arrests, but police are calling the scene a major disturbance.

O'Brien says the U.S. Open sometimes brings a handful of arrests for underage drinking and similar crimes, but police haven't had this level of difficulty in decades.


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