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SF World Series Celebration Gets Ugly ... Again

San Francisco got rowdy overnight as fans threw bottles at cops
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2014 3:50 AM CDT
SF Fans Fete Series Win With Gunshots, Fires
San Francisco police officers work to break up a large crowd after the San Francisco Giants won the World Series on Oct. 29, 2014, in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

(Newser) – Just like in 2012, Giants fans went wild last night in San Francisco as their team took home its third championship in five seasons. But this third time was even less charming: Police made multiple arrests as thousands of fans lit bonfires in the street, sprayed champagne and beer, and threw bottles and fireworks at officers in riot gear. One cop even ended up at the hospital. Two men in the Mission District were treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and another sustained serious injuries after being stabbed multiple times, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Brawls weren't an odd sight, either, as the smell of booze and marijuana wafted through the streets.

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Sirens blared throughout Market Street and the Civic Center Plaza, where Game 7 had been broadcast live. There, a bus's windows were smashed in, though most bus service was suspended anyway. Nearby, someone's old couch ended up in flames in the street as partiers danced around it. "This isn't how we celebrate, y'all," one woman was heard shouting. "We're better than this!" The response from one reveler: "Calm down, lady. It's just a couch." Elsewhere in the city, however, celebrations were calmer, KCRA reports. "It's clean fun," said one woman, who described the scene as "the anti-apocalypse where people are nice to each other and high-fiving." (Read more San Francisco Giants stories.)

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