Multiple sideshows were reported in Oakland early Sunday morning in different parts of town at around 2 a.m.

According to an Oakland Police Department press statement, the sideshows took place near Claremont and College avenues, Alcatraz and Telegraph avenues, the 1200 block of Derby Avenue and the 700 block of Mandela Parkway.

Some cars were reportedly set on fire.

“Gunshots were reported at many of the illegal sideshow locations,” the OPD said in a statement. “As additional officers arrived on the scene, vehicles and spectators dispersed the area.”

This news organization asked OPD how many people were in the crowds, if anyone was injured, and if any arrests have been made, but has not yet received a response.

The Oakland City Council passed an ordinance last year making it illegal to “organize, facilitate or promote” sideshows.

Those found guilty of violating the ordinance could face misdemeanor charges and civil penalties including jailtime of six months or fines ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, with increasing penalties for repeat offenders.

Those who participate in illegal sideshows could also have their vehicles towed and held for a 30-day period.

The OPD encourages those who find themselves in the middle of a sideshow look for a safe alternate route that would allow them to escape sideshow activities.

“If you are involved in a vehicle collision with a sideshow participant, do not confront the individual; instead call 911 to report the incident,” OPD said in a post on X Sunday afternoon.

Anyone with more information on the sideshows is asked to contact the OPD Traffic Section at 510-777-8570.

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