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| p.1 #1 · SF World Series celebration and damage |
I was at the celebration after the Giants game in front of At&t park. Being an away game, all of the bars nearby were at or slightly above capacity. Basically people hopped over fires, sprayed and drank a lot of champagne and threw bottles at police. It was a drunken but happy mood until midnight when I walked to Market street on my way home. Market is the big main arterial street that feeds from downtown into the highways. There, a group of 15-20 people were kicking and shaking cars that passed. I had put away my camera at this point because I thought I was going home, so I started live-streaming on my iPhone using the Ustream app(I'm still trying to figure out how to put those clips onto youtube).
So a bus starts coming up 3rd street toward Market, and the crowd sees the bus. They rush at it and start kicking the front and side windows. The half-dozen passengers and driver had terrified looks on their faces. While I'm on one side of the bus trying to get a shot of the freaked out people in the bus, someone grabs a steel barricade, which is basically a fence used for events, off of the sidewalk. There was a stack of maybe 3 or 4 of the fence sections. A handful of people take turns slamming, ramming or throwing the metal barricade into the front window.
Meanwhile the Muni driver and passengers inside managed to sneak out the back door. Then someone threw a flaming piece of trash into the window. I saw it under the drivers seat(took a picture of it but it was out of focus ). I didn't think much of it at the time, imagining it wouldn't be able to light the whole thing on fire. But I walked away toward Market again because the fire truck is putting out the trash pile up the street. By the time they put that fire out, I looked back and the front half of the bus is engulfed. I tried to get closer for more pictures but the police arrived and rushed at us. I was almost stampeded by the group closest to the cops as they tried to avoid being hit with batons. My stream ended with police forcing me and a handful of others down the stairs into the BART station as a way to try to make the crowd a bit smaller in any way that they could.
Striped socks by < Mike >, on Flickr
Lighter Fluid by < Mike >, on Flickr
Champ-agne by < Mike >, on Flickr
Embers by < Mike >, on Flickr
Showering in Champagne by < Mike >, on Flickr
Smashy Smashy by < Mike >, on Flickr
Police line by < Mike >, on Flickr