Report: Police make arrests after large teen brawl erupts on N.J. beach

     Lucy the Elephant is a major tourist attraction in Margate, N.J. (SteveCummings/Big Stock)

    Lucy the Elephant is a major tourist attraction in Margate, N.J. (SteveCummings/Big Stock)

    A fight involving hundreds of teens erupted on an Atlantic County beach over the holiday weekend, according to a published report. 

    The fight involving 300 teens broke out on the beach in front of Margate’s landmark Lucy the Elephant at 2 p.m. Saturday, a report said.

    The brawl was so large that responding police called in reinforcements from nearby Longport and Ventnor. Three were arrested for disorderly conduct and assault. 

    Over the weekend, Margate Police Department Capt. Ken Bergeron told that his department made 12 arrests of young people in the affluent town south of Atlantic City.

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    All were from outside Margate. In addition to fighting, police made arrests for underage drinking and marijuana. 

    Residents also reported late night mass teen gatherings at a Wawa a few blocks from Lucy the Elephant. It’s reportedly a tradition for teens from Cherry Hill and Pennsylvania. 

    “Margate had been OVERRUN by teens and preteens,” Fred Karpf posted on Facebook. “When does camp start?”

    A message sent to Margate police requesting comment wasn’t immediately returned. 

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