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Photos: Celebrations of Giants’ World Series Win Get Rowdy

| October 29, 2012
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UPDATE 11:50 a.m.: KQED’s Aarti Shahani interviewed San Francisco police Officer Gordon Shyy about last night’s celebrations.

“After the night progressed, and after the real fans headed home, some of the celebrations turned ugly,” he said.

Here are some notes from their conversation:

  • Police made 36 arrests, including 23 arrests on felony charges. Two involved firearms. Others were arrested for arson, vandalism and assaulting police with bottles and other projectiles.
  • Arrests were made throughout the city, including in the Mission District, along Market Street and near AT&T Park. Police continued making arrests until between 2 and 3 a.m.
  • San Francisco police had assigned additional officers to work Sunday night in anticipation of the game’s aftermath. Chief Greg Suhr cancelled discretionary time off for all officers.
  • Police are working with the mayor’s office on details for Wednesday’s victory parade. They are expecting a similar-sized crowd to that which cheered for the Giants during the 2010 World Series victory parade. Hundreds of thousands of fans attended that parade.

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San Francisco Giants fans celebrate their team's winning of the World Series. KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images

Giants fans poured out into San Francisco’s streets late Sunday night to celebrate their team’s second World Series championship in three years. Many were peaceful and joyous; a few got out of hand. From the San Francisco Chronicle:

By the thousands, they screamed their happiness to the sky and to each other. They took over whole streets from the Mission District to North Beach to the Civic Center to outside AT&T Park. They sprayed beer all over each other and danced in conga lines.

A few of the rowdier ones set off fireworks, lit bonfires and climbed atop Muni buses or any car that happened to be at hand.

In a few areas of the city, however, the celebration got out of hand.

A fire was set on a street in the Mission shortly after the game ended. Several photojournalists as well as KQED Digital Marketing Specialist Lizzy Acker shot photos of the scene:

A fire was set in the Mission. Photo by Lizzy Acker/KQED

A fire was set near 16th and Mission Streets. Photo by Lizzy Acker/KQED

Atop a streetlight in the mission on Sunday night. Photo by Lizzy Acker/KQED

Police Sunday night in the Mission. Photo by Lizzy Acker/KQED

Police Sunday night in the Mission. Photo by Lizzy Acker/KQED

Police officers try to disperse San Francisco Giants fans celebrating their team's victory. KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images

The Chronicle reported that police cleared the area at about 11:30 p.m., and that in response revelers threw beer bottles at officers. It also reported that a street fire burned near AT&T Park.

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