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Teen Arrested After Allegedly Making Terrorist Threat on Social Media Against Surfing Event, Tells Cops He Was Just 'Messing Around

Police confiscated a handgun and a shotgun from the home, as well as his electronic devices.

Image source: U.S. Open of Surfing teaser via YouTube

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Police in Southern California have arrested a 16-year-old boy who made a threat on social media against this weekend's U.S. Open of Surfing.

Huntington Beach police said Saturday that the teenager was arrested Friday evening at his home in Huntington Beach and booked on suspicion of making a terrorist threat. He is not being identified because he is a minor.

Image source: U.S. Open of Surfing teaser via YouTube Image source: U.S. Open of Surfing teaser via YouTube

Police confiscated a handgun and a shotgun from the home, as well as his electronic devices.

Police are not disclosing what social-media outlet the teen used to make the threats or the nature of the threat.

The teen is telling police he wasn't serious and was just "messing around."

The U.S. Open of Surfing attracts huge crowds each summer.

A riot last year translated into tight security and scaled-back activities this weekend.

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