Long Branch issues curfew after large crowd gathers

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LONG BRANCH - A 9 p.m. curfew was issued by Long Branch Saturday evening which will last through 5 a.m. Sunday.

In a Facebook post, the municipality wrote, “all persons are prohibited from using, standing, sitting, traveling or being present on any public street or in any public place.”

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The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office wrote on Facebook that “All are asked to be off the streets by (9 p.m.). Non-residents should begin leaving immediately.”

According to social media posts, large crowds had gathered today in the Pier Village area.

Last year, police issued a similar curfew when a large crowd gathered at the beach. Rumors spiraled online, but police were praised for keeping things calm.

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Olivia Liu is a reporter covering transportation, Red Bank and western Monmouth County. She can be reached at oliu@gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Long Branch NJ issues curfew to disperse large crowd