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In a community beleaguered by the nightly cacophony of squealing tires, exploding fireworks and streets clogged with spectators, police handed out several hundred citations and impounded 19 cars at a large sideshow Saturday night in South San Jose.
On Sunday morning, officers were dealing with paperwork associated with towing the cars and issuing citations to 720 people for participating in or watching the sideshow near Branham Lane and Monterey Highway.
In addition, police contacted the parents of 82 juveniles who were at the sideshow.
The citations issued to spectators at Saturday’s event continued a shift in policy for the police department, which previously had targeted only sideshow participants.
Many cars were abandoned after the sideshow, including two that had been stolen, according to police.
“A ghost gun was discarded as well, dangerous and careless that someone would just toss a gun like it was litter,” San Jose police said on social media.
In addition, police said one person reported being carjacked at the scene.