Skateboarders took over part of Hollywood Boulevard and clashed with police on Saturday night after hundreds gathered for a movie premier in central Hollywood, NBC's Los Angeles affiliate reported.
Aerial video showed a phalanx of patrol cars on Hollywood Boulevard amid many dozens of people, some throwing bottles at police, NBCLosAngeles.com reported. Officers were seen running toward the group, which began to scatter.
The Los Angeles Police Department told NBC News that up to 600 people were in the streets at the peak of the unrest, which had ended by midnight.
“It was kind of crazy out there for a while,” Sgt. Mendoza of the Hollywood Community Police Station told NBC News.
Shopkeepers had been advised to close their businesses and lock their doors, an employee of Juicy Burger told NBCLosAngeles.com.
The incident began about 9 p.m. (2 a.m. ET) near Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, according to NBCLosAngeles.com.
According to messages posted on Twitter as the trouble unfolded, the crowd probably had gathered for the premiere of the movie "Bake and Destroy" at the Vine Theater, the affiliate added.
According to The Los Angeles Times, there were no reported injuries and no immediate word on arrests.
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