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Police in Southern California say it was a mob scene.
Will report you decide.
With fighting and vandalism at the end of a surfing competition last night here it is south of Los Angeles -- particularly in Huntington Beach.
Where the cops say a fight broke out as large crowd gathered.
Friday -- Authorities in court when police tried to break up the initial -- these rowdy crowds move downtown.
Overturned supported shots -- and parkinson's store windows.
But -- shot this -- -- one of our producers there's seemed to be no purpose for any of the madness.
It looked like crowds were writing for the sake of writing.
Just because they saw it on TV once.
Police say they arrested seven people on charges of disturbing the peace and inciting a riot.
Trace Gallagher for -- west -- news.
Sounds like there was a lot of fights before the cops got there.
Yeah a lot of budget including a big one that have been data on a patio at a bar directly across from the B to witness tells us.
Two guys started fighting when that fight broke out people started -- around and police used pepper balls which released pepper spray to help break up the crowd.
Police say a man apparently -- Police -- with his skateboard and when they tried to arrest that man well you can see -- happening.
Vandalized a lot of property and apparently a lot of people got hurt his with a few witnesses had to say listen.
We'll start getting the riot mentality.
I think started getting crazy and then on main street people started pushing over -- -- these.
Jumping on the -- of bodies they were just taunting the police department we saw I don't know what precipitated it -- They were just people that we're drinking and taunting.
Police are now viewing some of the videotapes that were showing you trying to identify people they say charges will be filed and they have identified.
A few of those offenders Jeff and a lot of people who were there -- really speaking out against the police.
Yet because they say the police came in and started firing these pepper balls and rubber bullets against people who were not even involved in the riot like this guy.
I interviewed a shot yes right there enough about coming to America -- to.
-- nothing I was just here being a local like it's my spot and the bigger they just didn't didn't discriminate -- history should be book.
Now -- news coverage just minutes ago police say yeah.
Yes some rubber bullets were used but that their response was quote limited and restrained in fact some locals say.
When you consider the amount of alcohol and the amount of damage that a lot of these -- is -- this.
The pollution and actually cracked down.
A lot harder and police also say next year's US open surfing championship ship there will be some major changes and you can read into that.
Less alcohol at next year's event.
-- bit of fun just ended in straits Huntington Beach has a long history with surfing the sport first showed up there in the twenties and then in the fifties.
The city was the side of the first US surfing championships.
And the Porta Johns refinement.
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