Newport Beach Police Crack Down on Loud Parties

Every year thousands of people flock to Newport Beach to celebrate the Fourth of July, but this loud partiers will be greeted by hundreds of police and hefty fines.

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Newport Beach resident John Majkokis hopes money talks. He lives in "party central" or as police call it, the Safety Enhancement Zone.

"This is the first year that they've imposed a heavier fine. So, we'll see what happens this year. This year will tell the tale," according to John Majkokis, Newport Beach resident.

Police are warning residents if their Fourth of July bash gets out of hand, everyone at the party could be fines up to $3000.

"People call it radical, because they literally have four to five cops to a street, and they need it. People wander around the street drunk, and it gets pretty crazy," says Sarah Wilder, Newport Beach resident.

Last year police say they made over 100 arrests, and issued 530 parking tickets. This year even squirt guns and water balloons will be confiscated.

"Believe it or not people actually do get hurt with water balloons, but it also leads to other items, such as bottles, cans full of beers. We just try to keep anything that can be a dangerous weapon out of the hands of the party goers," says Sergeant Steve Burdette, of the Newport Beach Police Department.

Newport Beach police plan to call in other agencies on Monday to keep the peace, saying illegal fireworks, fights and intoxication are their biggest holiday problems.

"With the alcohol, the intoxication, sometimes the behavior probably isn't what you want your kids to see, but it's usually pretty good, pretty safe, says Julie Kent, Newport Beach resident.

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