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Video: Huntington Beach chaos after surfing competition

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Police say crowds in the aftermath of the U.S. Open of Surfing refused to leave downtown Huntington Beach, and officers
in riot gear had to clear the streets as fights broke out and property was
damaged.

Police Lt. Mitchell O'Brien tells KCBS-TV that when the event's eighth and final day ended Sunday officers were unable to get an increasingly rowdy
crowd to disperse from surrounding streets. Police say that at least one portable restroom was knocked over and property was damaged but gave no specifics.

The Police Department declared an unlawful assembly, summoned all its
officers to duty and brought in help from other cities. Police tell the Los Angeles Times the streets were cleared and order restored after about two hours.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests.

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