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Crowd sets autonomous vehicle ablaze in San Francisco's Chinatown

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A rowdy crowd surrounded a Waymo vehicle in San Francisco's Chinatown Saturday evening and set it on fire, police said. 

The San Francisco Police Department said a crowd of about 10 to 15 people surrounded the fully autonomous vehicle between Stockton and Grant just before 9:30 p.m. 

The fully autonomous vehicle was completely destroyed. 

The mob graffitied the vehicle and smashed its windows before tossing a firework inside. The firework ignited, causing the vehicle to catch on fire. 

The crowd surrounded the vehicle between Stockton and Grant.  (SFPD)

A spokesperson for Waymo said the vehicle was not transporting any riders and no injuries were reported. 

It remains unclear what motivated the crowd to destroy the vehicle. No arrests have been made as of Sunday. 

Someone in the crowd threw a firework inside the vehicle and it ignited.  (SFPD)

The Waymo spokesperson said the Mountain View-based company is working with local safety officials to respond to the situation. 

No one has been arrested as of Sunday.  (SFPD)

San Francisco police reminded residents on Sunday that use of fireworks in the city is prohibited because "they cause death, injury, and property damage." 


Fox News Digital has reached out to the San Francisco Police Department for more information. 

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