NEWPORT BEACH ( — A shark sighting has led to a beach closure in the Newport Beach area.

The incident unfolded about 4:10 p.m. Thursday after Orange County lifeguards were notified of the shark sighting off Huntington State Beach by a lifeguard patrol boat.

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The incident prompted authorities to close a section of the beach between Huntington State Beach and Newport Beach.

Newport Beach lifeguards said late Thursday that they didn’t plan on reopening the beach until Friday morning.

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Authorities said lifeguard towers 76-54 would be affected by the closure through Friday.

Red flags have been placed along the shoreline.

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No further information was immediately available.