Burbank police issue 88 citations at car 'flash mob'

Burbank police issued 88 citations during a car enthusiast "flash mob" Tuesday that attracted roughly 1,300 vehicles and thousands more spectators to the Empire Center parking lot.

Two vehicles were impounded after their drivers were cited for engaging in speed contests, police reported Thursday.


Three citations were also issued for possessing marijuana, while another 74 were handed out for vehicle code violations, such as missing front license plates or headlights that were too dim.

The flash mob of customized vehicles was organized through social media and attracted about 4,500 people, according to Burbank police.

The organizer, a Burbank native who declined to be identified, said Tuesday's "Krispy Kreme meet” -- which is not affiliated with the doughnut chain -- would be the last of its kind. A similar event at the Empire Center lot took place in November. Both clogged traffic on surrounding streets as police  from several agencies tried to contain the crowds.

More than 20 officers from Burbank, Glendale and San Marino were assigned to patrol the event Tuesday, which attracted car enthusiasts and looky-loos alike.

"You see low-riders here, you see classic cars here, you see imports, you see domestics," 35-year-old Alhambra resident Danny Meijer told the Burbank Leader. "Southern California has a car culture that you can't find in any other city … because our personalities are reflected in our cars more in Los Angeles than any other city."


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