NJ beach party shut down after thousands gather; 4 arrests

New Jersey

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LONG BRANCH, N.J. — A beach party that drew thousands to a New Jersey shore city prompted officials to shut the event down and resulted in four arrests, authorities said.

The public safety director’s office of Long Branch said in a Facebook post Sunday that a social media post started the gathering along the beachfront around Pier Village Saturday night and attracted “what turned out to be thousands of young people.”

Authorities said that at about 5 p.m. Saturday “drinking and unruly behavior began” and people were asked to leave the beach.

The crowd was eventually dispersed and four people were arrested for disorderly persons offenses.

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