Few Arrests at Dry ‘Wet Electric’ Festival in Huntington Beach

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The Wet Electric festival went on as planned Saturday in Huntington Beach, but with one major change– no alcohol.

The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control denied Wet Electric’s application for an alcohol permit a day earlier.


Wet Electric Party (File Photo)

It was the latest setback for the electronic dance party after Huntington Beach officials filed a restraining order against Wet Electric, in an effort to stop the festival.

On Wednesday an Orange County superior court judge ruled that the gathering could go on as scheduled in Huntington Beach.

The festival was expected to draw some 10,000 people to Huntington State Beach.

It was scheduled to start at noon Saturday and last until 9 p.m.

Attorneys for the city of Huntington Beach argued that the party violated zoning ordinances, according to court documents.

For $100 per ticket, the event was supposed to include performances by 12 DJs, access to inflatable water slides, zip lines – and alcohol, according to wet-electric.com.

Concert promoters reportedly applied for and received the required permits for the event, whose location is regulated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

But city officials were loath to see a possible repeat of July 28, when rioting broke out in Huntington Beach following the U.S. Open of Surfing.

Two hundred and fifty police officers were summoned to quell the melee, which resulted in the arrest of seven people.

“We first found out about this event in August when a resident called us,” Huntington Beach Mayor Connie Boardman said of Wet Electric. “The state hadn’t told us they were planning this very large music dance party.

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