Text messaging provoked a "flash mob" at Rye Playland last week and led to the arrests of 15 Muslims upset that women in head scarves were barred from some rides, a police official said Tuesday.

Westchester Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth told a committee investigating the incident that cops had brought the disturbance under control until people started text messaging.

"At that point we experienced a phenomenon that law enforcement has experienced across the country called flash mobs, where groups tend to gather rapidly because of texting," Longworth said.

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