Teen Arrested for Threatening Violence at US Open of Surfing Via Social Media

Police discovered a handgun and a shotgun at the 16-year-old's home, and the teen was then arrested on a terrorist threats charge.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested Friday after he allegedly threatened violence at the Vans US Open of Surfing this weekend.

The teen had made the threat via social media on Thursday and Huntington Beach Police found out about it the next day. Investigators determined that the threat appeared credible and served a search warrant at the teen’s home.

Police discovered a handgun and a shotgun at the home, and the teen was then arrested on a terrorist threats charge.

Investigators have seized all of the suspect’s electronic devices and are looking through them for additional evidence.

Police said that due to the ongoing investigation, they are not releasing details about the social media platform used or what threats were made.

The US Open of Surfing kicked off in Huntington Beach Saturday at 8 a.m.

By 11 p.m. Saturday, the event was mostly peaceful. Twenty-three people were arrested, mostly relating to alcohol consumption, police said.

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No injuries were reported.

There were twice as many police officers this year than there were last year, when unrest resulted in shops and other property being damaged.

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