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Police, skateboarders clash in California

LOS ANGELES — Police in riot gear dispersed about 500 skateboarding fans who blocked Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles after turning out for a free movie premiere at the Vine Theatre, officials said Sunday.

Police Sergeant Raul Jovel said several people threw rocks and bottles at officers during the clash Saturday night.

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At least two cars were damaged and glass doors at the theater were shattered.

Order was quickly restored after a tactical alert was declared and officers in riot gear arrived on the scene.

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The City News Service reported one person was arrested for failing to disperse. No injuries were reported.

The theater was hosting the premiere of the skateboard film ‘‘Bake and Destroy.’’ About 1,500 people showed up at the theater, which holds only 600.

Police said the throwing of rocks and bottles can be prosecuted as assault with a deadly weapon.

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Other possible charges include disorderly conduct and failure to disperse.

Associated Press

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