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Waymo car vandalized, set on fire during Lunar New Year celebration in Chinatown

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A Waymo vehicle was vandalized and set on fire Saturday night in Chinatown, the San Francisco Fire Department announced. Several Lunar New Year celebrations took place in Chinatown.

A Waymo spokesperson told KRON4, “At approximately 9 PM on Saturday, February 10th, a fully autonomous Waymo vehicle was navigating on Jackson Street in San Francisco when a crowd surrounded and vandalized the vehicle, breaking the window and throwing a firework inside, which set the vehicle on fire. The vehicle was not transporting any riders and no injuries have been reported. We are working closely with local safety officials to respond to the situation.”

The Waymo was surrounded by an unknown amount of people, had graffiti sprayed on the car and had its windows broken, SFFD said. A firework lit inside of the Waymo, causing it the burst into flames.

SFFD posted photos of the damage done to the Waymo (below). At this time, no injuries have been reported.

KRON4 drove by the scene around 11:45 p.m., which has since cleared. SFFD tweeted about the incident at 11:30 p.m., although it is unknown what time the Waymo was vandalized.

Waymo is an autonomous vehicle company that offers services in San Francisco. No other information was immediately available.

This story will be updated as KRON4 learns more.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.