Locations of Violence After the Announcement
Empty red circles: VIOLENCE OR LOOTING
13 businesses were either burned down, set on fire or looted in the aftermath.
A Little Caesars Pizza shop was in flames. There were shattered windows at a UMB Bank branch. Thick smoke poured from the busted front entrance of a Walgreens pharmacy. Men stepped in but quickly stepped out, complaining that it was too difficult to see anything because of the smoke. The sound of gunfire occasionally rang out in the distance, and the acidic smell and aftertaste of tear gas filled the air. One man exited the Walgreens store and jokingly asked aloud if anyone wanted cigarettes.
At the intersection of North Florissant Road and Hereford Avenue — “Ferguson, a city since 1894,” reads the sign at the corner — firefighters worked on putting out the Little Caesars blaze, but there were no police or fire officials at Walgreens. The fire inside continued to burn. Spectators drove up to the store, as did news crews. All the while, the pharmacy’s high-pitched security bell echoed, the soundtrack of the evening’s drama.
“Not often you get to see anarchy, huh?” one man taking pictures outside Walgreens said.
WW~Notes: While on a podium Michael Brown’s step-father yelled “BURN IT DOWN!”