Sideshows popping up all over San Francisco leave residents on edge
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco neighborhoods have been seeing an increase in sideshow activity and many residents say it is completely out of control.
This comes as San Francisco police investigate several big sideshows that happened over the weekend. Officers said the dangerous shows took place in at least three different locations in the city, and attracted huge crowds.
"People are frightened," said Sam Habash from Gabby's Market and Deli. "People are shaken up."
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The family-run business is located on the corner of Main and Harrison Streets, near the Bay Bridge. This is the intersection where he said hundreds of people came out for a sideshow. Habash described people dancing on their cars, blocking the roads, and shooting off fireworks.
"People aren’t doing anything about it," Habash said. "Not even our mayor, not even our DA, not even our police. We don’t know what to do."
An early Sunday morning sideshow was caught on video by many spectators. It lasted about 20 minutes until SFPD came through the scene with sirens blaring.
There were also sideshows at Geneva Avenue and Alemany Boulevard around 1:12 a.m. and at 13th Street and South Van Ness Avenue around 2 a.m. There were dozens of cars at each location, according to police.
A patrol car was vandalized by someone fleeing the area of 13th and South Van Ness, police said.
No one was arrested at any of the locations.