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Ocean Boulevard fight erupts over Confederate Flag

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A business manager down on Ocean Boulevard says a Saturday night brawl started because of a confederate flag.

That man says one single action quickly erupted into a big problem.

From the time the fight started to the time it got across the street, it was ten seconds, described William Hovis as he recalled the incident.

Hovis is a manager at Beach Creations on Ocean Boulevard.

He says around 10 p.m., a man and his friends ripped a confederate flag off of a truck stuck in traffic.

The driver of the truck confronted them outside Hovis' store, and after some argument, the driver punched the flag thief, knocking him on the ground.

"Unfortunately for him, somebody stood their ground and stood for what they believed in and it turned out bad for him, Hovis said.

He says the man's friends then chased the driver into the haunted house across the street.

Actors there tried to keep everyone separated, but the group then allegedly attacked the employees.

Myrtle Beach police say officers did respond to an incident at that location but no arrests were made. A spokesperson for the department did say 911 calls indicated a confederate flag may have started the incident.

Both businesses who dealt with the ordeal say this is unfortunate and not a true representation of the boulevard.

The problem is in the peoples heads, its not in the area, said Hovis. People just need to go down there and have fun.

Both businesses say recently they have seen a lot more confederate flags flown around Ocean boulevard and they've also noticed more people speaking out against them.

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