Altercation on Moses Lake goes viral on TikTok, sparks Grant Co. investigation
MOSES LAKE, Wash. — Investigators from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office are looking into an altercation on Moses Lake in which occupants of a blue vessel flipped a middle finger at another boater before their watercraft caught on fire. The incident was amplified on social media with 4.8 million views and 1.3 million likes on TikTok.
According to a Facebook post by the Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place on the waters of Moses Lake on Sunday, May 30. The video posted by TikTok user @uhohbigboi shows three people in a blue watercraft circling the cameraperson’s boat. Text across the screen reads “Karma hits boaters who harassed and spun circles around our boat after they saw our pride flags.”
One passenger is distinctly shown flipping the middle finger up to the camera while cruising past. Then, the video cuts to the boat’s three occupants swimming from their boat to the people they are accused of harassing.
A great deal of smoke emerges from the top of the small blue watercraft. The smoke and fire spread throughout the watercraft, eventually erupting into a full-on blaze. A short clip shows local authorities attempting to put the fire out with a separate boat before showing a short frame of the damaged vessel after the fire was extinguished.
According to the TikTok caption, the family that was being circled helped the stranded individuals out of the water and into safety.
Officials from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office are currently attempting to make contact with the occupants of the vessel that was being circled. They hope to interview the family and gain more information on the altercation instead of relying on the TikTok video.
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