Monday, October 29, 2012

Giants fans celebrate World Series title with fire

San Francisco Giants fans took to the streets to celebrate their team's World Series win over the Detroit Tigers with a giant party near City Hall Sunday night.

However, as it has become all too common with victory parties, joyous mayhem turned into scattered riots after small bands of fans started to rampage in the San Francisco streets.  They lit things on fire, overturned cars and injured several people.

Call it panda-monium or whatever, it's hard to understand why fans destroy their own city when the home team wins.

More than 10,000 people gathered Sunday night to watch the game on Jumbotrons set up around the city's Civic Center.  After the Giants swept the Tigers for the world championship, people emptied into the streets to celebrate until the early morning.  Car horns blared as fireworks filled the skies said witnesses.

Several fires were set, windows were broken and people jumped on cars and buses on Market Street and near AT&T Stadium where the team plays.

Police reported that isolated groups of rioters roamed the city but had been scattered by authorities by daylight.

The victory parade has been scheduled for Wed. Oct. 31 — coincidentally, Halloween day.  Think things will be crazy?

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