Social Media Turns Empire Center into Park-ageddon Center Tuesday night

Cars and kids, and more cars and kids looking at each others ride. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Police Department had heard that there was going to be some type of a car show gathering near the Empire Center Tuesday evening, and a kind of “Flash-Mob” of kids and cars is what turned out.

Cars, truck and even a pink car were on display. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Reportedly over one thousand cars and young adults and teens filled every feasible parking spot, with more in the aisles and on foot.  At one point police officers who were on scene, felt it was necessary to shut down all the roadways leading  into The Empire Center.   They requested assistance from  Glendale Police for traffic control.  Officers closed Victory Pl. at Burbank Blvd.,  Lake St. at Victorry Pl., and other streets near the shopping center until they could get a handle on the situation.

They had officers on foot, motorcycles, and even a K-9 unit patrolling the parking in case any trouble arose from the basically peaceful crowd.  Several cars and drivers were cited, but the police were more interested in keeping things under control with the large crowd present. .


With the assistance of Glendale Police the streets leading to the Empire Center was closed. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Thousands of teens and young adults and their cars showed up at The Empire Center Tuesday night for a social gathering, after several social media outlets put out that this was the place to be. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
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      • @Burbakian there is no need for name calling even though I got the urge to call you by some choice words I’m gonna how my back my words to you… what you saw last night on TV was peaceful gathering of car enthusiasts. This was not the first time this has happened nor will it be the last… now have good day

        • i must say this was a well organized meet and im glad that it all went well i just hope that all meets get this kind of reputation and allow the summer to be oe with shows and meets with out the bull of ricers and burnouts…

    1. i work in the empire center and found the whole thing very frustrating when i was trying to leave the parking lot.  people walking everywhere and not even staying off to the side to allow cars through.  everyone trying to turn left across traffic and getting everyone stuck.  the last thing i want to do when i get off work in sit in stand still traffic in a parking lot.  it’s illegal. it’s annoying, and i’m sure it will happen again.  

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