Smoke plumes rise from police cars set on fire following the Vancouver Canucks being defeated by the Boston Bruins in the NHL Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver on June 15.
Vancouver Canuck hockey fans take part in a riot following the Canucks 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in game 7 of the Stanley Cup hockey final.
Hockey fans take part in a riot in downtown Vancouver, Canada, on June 15.
A burnt out car lies upside down in the street following the Vancouver Canucks being defeated by the Boston Bruins.
A man collects bottles and cans after rioters moved through the area following the Vancouver Canucks being defeated by the Boston Bruins on June 15.
Following the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday, rioters took the streets smashing windows and setting fire to trash cans and police cruisers.
While police officers had shields to protect themselves from the garbage and bottles being thrown, firefighters did not have the luxury or such tools.
One firefighter was even struck by a rioter.
A cell phone video was posted on YouTube that shows a firefighter being confronted by a man who yells obscenities at him before punching him in the face.
As the firefighter attempts to escort the man away from the scene, he is punched in the face as a crowd looks on. The firefighter stays calm and doesn't retaliate.
Vancouver Assistant Operations Chief Wade Pierlot told News1130 that firefighters were out of their element and had to cope the best they could.
"The angry crowd is something we're not exposed to very often," he said. "It was new to many of us, a new experience for us."
He said that rocks and bottles were thrown at fire trucks and that some firefighters were forced to run to safety.
The dense crowds made it difficult for crews to get to certain areas and Pierlot thanked those civilians who pushed garbage bin and dumpster fire away from buildings.