Police close beach for night to stop ‘drinking and disorder’

SCITUATE, Mass. (AP) — A town in Massachusetts is temporarily shutting down a public beach to deter unruly Fourth of July partyers.

Humarock Beach in Scituate will be closed Monday night to end what the town’s police say is a “historical cycle of drinking and disorder” in the area.

post from the department’s Facebook page blames crowds of “teenagers and young adults” for causing problems in the past.

Police said any drinking, fighting or fireworks in the area should be reported to the department.

The decision has drawn dozens of angry comments protesting the decision on social media.

Police say the beach will reopen at sunrise on the Fourth of July.

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