The bustling boardwalk of Wildwood, a popular New Jersey shore town, was temporarily closed in the early hours of Sunday morning due to an influx of “unruly and undisciplined” teenagers, local officials revealed.

The decision to shut down the boardwalk came after an overwhelming number of complaints about a significant gathering of young adults and juveniles during Memorial Day Weekend, according to authorities. A statement issued by police mentioned a rise in “civil unrest,” prompting the closure.

Although city officials did not specify a specific incident that triggered the closure, they highlighted that despite the presence and efforts of local police officers and additional law enforcement agencies, the situation began to deteriorate.

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Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr. declared a state of emergency for the city, allowing for an increased police presence. In a news release, Troiano, Jr. attributed the incident to “unruly” teens and pledged that Wildwood would not tolerate such behavior. He added, “We wholeheartedly support the City of Wildwood Police Department in protecting this community from these nuisance crowds on our boardwalk and in the city.”

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The influx of unruly teenagers proved to be a significant challenge for local law enforcement, with officials acknowledging that the situation escalated to the point where they were unable to respond to certain calls for service within the city.

The boardwalk was reopened around 5:30 a.m., with the removal of police tape that had been set up at the entrances. The dispersal of remaining crowds was aided by an overnight rainstorm, as seen in video footage from the scene.


In honor of the Memorial Day holiday and its solemnity, local authorities announced that no further statements or interviews would be provided to explain why the state of emergency was declared.

While the Wildwood boardwalk has since reopened and calm has been restored, the incident raises concerns about maintaining order and ensuring public safety during peak holiday periods.

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