A July 4 celebration turned into frenzy early Tuesday morning as revelers started a bonfire in the middle of the street at 24th and Harrison streets.
When officers arrived at 12:39 a.m. and tried to disperse the crowd, the partygoers began throwing bottles and setting off explosive devices in the direction of the officers, according to San Francisco Police Department spokeswoman Allison Maxie. Shortly after people allegedly began throwing bottles, some police officers in riot gear showed up to the intersection.
This fire is one of many that occurred across the city on July 4. According to a tweet from the San Francisco Fire Department, it received 247 fire calls.
Maxie wrote that 12 officers responding to the Mission fire experienced ringing in their ears, and two received minor burns from debris from an exploding device. No arrests were made in connection with the officers’ injuries.
Javier Diaz, who works at La Gallinita Meat Market, said he witnessed people with a rental scooter setting off fireworks sometime between 10 and 11 p.m. Diaz said he thought the same people setting off the fireworks also set the fire.
Diaz added that the people who were shooting off fireworks were not from the Mission, but that remains unclear. Asher, a worker at the family-run coffee shop Temo’s Cafe, on 24th near Harrison Street, agreed.
“This happens every year,” Asher said, referring to the people shooting off fireworks.
Casa De La Misión, a senior affordable housing complex at 3031 24th St., and Healthyish Republic, a restaurant scheduled to have its grand opening on Wednesday at 2990 24th St., were also tagged during the evening.
The restaurant still plans to have its grand opening tomorrow and is working to paint over the graffiti before its big event.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) reported that a 14-Mission bus was graffitied at 22nd and Mission streets at 3:55 a.m. The bus was defaced on the windshield and on its side.
This story is unfolding and will be updated when possible.