Knott’s Berry Farm stepping up security after multiple fights force park to close early

Knott’s Berry Farm says it is stepping up security in response to fighting that broke out Saturday night , forcing the park to close three hours early and sending patrons fleeing.

Some of the fighting was captured on video and posted on social media as teenagers threw punches on a street outside the park, and security guards were caught up in the melee. As the fights erupted, panicked visitors ran for safety.

One person said on TikTok that she didn’t know why teenagers were “punching random people.”

“I was so scared,” she said, adding that many children were crying.

Two injured people were taken to the hospital by paramedics, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Sean Doran said, and a third person was assessed by paramedics but declined treatment.

Buena Park police said numerous calls to 911 reported possible gunfire, but officers at the scene determined no shots had been were fired.

The park said it has shared video footage and guest information with the Buena Park Police Department, and that visitors will find enhanced security and police presence at the park.

“The safety of Knott’s Berry Farm’s guests and associates is always our top priority,” the park said in a statement. “The decision was made to close the park three hours early due to unruly behavior and altercations involving a number of teenagers. This behavior did not align with our park’s values, and was not the experience we want any guest to have while visiting Knott’s Berry Farm.”

Neither Knott’s Berry Farm nor its owner, the company Cedar Fair, responded to emailed questions from The Times about the violence and seeking specifics on how it was handling security measures after reopening.

Enrique Castro of Anaheim waited in the entry line Sunday morning with his wife, son, grandson and a group of relatives who were visiting from Coahuila, Mexico. He said he wasn’t concerned about safety, despite what had happened the previous night.

“This has always been a safe place for me and my family,” Castro said. “We’ve been coming here for years and trust the security. I’ve never really heard of anything like this before.”