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Teen Arrested After Threatening Violence at Surf Event

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.

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    San Diego County Sheriff's Department

    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.

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    At least 20 people were arrested Saturday at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, mostly due to alcohol-related offenses. Alcohol was banned from this year's festivities after a riot broke out last year. Reggie Kumar reports live from Huntington Beach for Today in LA on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

    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.

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    Twenty-three people were arrested, mostly alcohol related, on the first day of the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Kate Larsen reports from Huntington Beach on the NBC4 News at 11 on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

    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.

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    A surfing event that kicked off in Huntington Beach on Saturday was mostly peaceful, police said. The event was under heavy watch. Kate Larsen reports from Huntington Beach on the NBC4 News at 5 on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

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

    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.