ESCONDIDO, Calif. – Hundreds of street racers and car enthusiasts took over two North County mall parking lots Tuesday night.
Several police agencies responded to Westfield North County Mall in Escondido and The Shoppes on El Camino Real in Carlsbad after reports of street racing, illegal fireworks and noise complaints.
Spectators watched as drivers raced and did donuts in the mall parking lots.
The social media-fueled events, known as Krispy Kreme Tuesdays, draw thousands of custom cars and spectators. The event location is posted just 15 minutes prior to the meet’s 9 p.m. start time, according to the event page on Instagram.
"We will be planning the next big gathering in the city of Los Angeles with permits and the necessary tools to not get shut down. We thank you for your support and for all the cool cars that came out you are our Warriors," event organizers posted on Instagram.
Offramps on state Route 78 and Interstate 15 were briefly shut down.
Officers handed out multiple citations to drivers, but it’s not yet known if anybody was arrested.