Alki shut down as massive crowds take over the beach; 2 arrested amid multiple fights
A viral invitation via phone app Tik Tok, to gather on Alki Beach on Saturday night had a powerful effect on thousands of people. Meant as a Seattle response to a similar invitation called "Adrian's Challenge" in Huntington Beach California on Friday that resulted in 175 arrests, only 2 arrests were made here. Multiple fights were reported as the beach was filled beyond capacity and even a heavy police presence with dozens of patrol vehicles could not control the crowd.
The beach was shut down by Seattle Parks at 9:30pm, as traffic was diverted by police posted at multiple locations. That essentially meant that those on foot, were on their own as police were vastly outnumbered. The crowd continued to mob the beach for at least two hours past the cutoff point but eventually thinned out as they filtered out of the area.
For some it recalled the events of Aug. 10, 1969 which were far more serious. That became a genuine riot as a police car was set on fire, and six people were arrested.