However the undesirable environmental effects and alcohol consumption by minors has garnered a lot of criticism, especially from law enforcement authorities of California.
Around four years ago on April 6, security official planned to stop “Floatopia 2010” that was scheduled for April 10 in Santa Barbara.
As a reaction to the decision, some local residents decided to stage demonstrations called “Deltopia” on Del Playa street.
This year, the social event turned into a riot when two stabbings were reported by the local sheriff’s deputies.
KEYT News reports:
“The trouble started about 8 p.m. Saturday night as sheriff's deputies responded to two stabbings on Camino Del Sur. Two people were taken to the hospital. Their injuries are unknown.
About 9:30 p.m., a UCSB police officer was hit in the head with a backpack full of liquor bottles. Two Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies also responded and were injured. One deputy was hit with a bottle and will undergo surgery on his hand. The violence escalated and another deputy was hit in the head with a brick. The UCSB police officer and both deputies are expected to be fine.”
Cops tried to take control of the crowd and used tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets that ignited more reaction from the so-called protesters.
Around 20 people were reportedly arrested.
Here are some images and videos from the event:
— Macy Croley (@MacyCroley) April 6, 2014
— Mikey Dueñas (@mikeyd_lahc) April 6, 2014
Student stands alone amid tear gas barrage, Deltopia 2014 pic.twitter.com/DIgHP8avmX— The Bottom Line UCSB (@tblucsb) April 6, 2014