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25 Images From The Worst Night Of Violence In Ferguson

A peaceful protest turned violent as shootings, tear gas, and firebombs rocked the city Sunday night.

Posted on August 18, 2014, at 10:17 a.m. ET

The worst violence in a week rocked Ferguson, Mo., Sunday night.

Police and protesters clashed again Sunday, hours before midnight curfew went into effect.

Armed riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a large group of protestors who marched toward a police command center in the parking lot of a shopping mall. Protesters threw back gas canisters and rocks at the police. Police responded to reports of multiple shootings, looting, and throwing of Molotov cocktails.

The violent chaos prompted Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to deploy the National Guard early Monday to help "restore peace and order."

Following are scenes from Sunday:

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People distribute roses to cars passing protests against Michael Brown's shooting.
Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters

People distribute roses to cars passing protests against Michael Brown's shooting.

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Employees of a McDonald's restaurant watch through a shattered window as riot police move in on protestors in Ferguson.
Robert Cohen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch / AP Photo

Employees of a McDonald's restaurant watch through a shattered window as riot police move in on protestors in Ferguson.

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Demonstrators face off with police.
Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Demonstrators face off with police.

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Police advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd.
Charlie Riedel / AP Photo

Police advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd.

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Charlie Riedel / AP Photo

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Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd.
Charlie Riedel / AP Photo

Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd.

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Protesters try to run from smoke and tear gas.
http://J.B. Forbe / St. Louis Post-Dispatch / AP Photos

Protesters try to run from smoke and tear gas.

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A protestor kicks a tear gas canister back toward police.
Lucas Jackson / Reuters

A protestor kicks a tear gas canister back toward police.

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A law enforcement officer on a tactical vehicle
Charlie Riedel / AP Photo

A law enforcement officer on a tactical vehicle

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A protester tries to throw tear gas back at the police.
http://J.B. Forbes / St. Louis Post-Dispatch / AP Photo

A protester tries to throw tear gas back at the police.

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Protesters throw rocks and attempt to block the street after protests turned violent.
Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Protesters throw rocks and attempt to block the street after protests turned violent.

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Tear gas rises from the ground after it was fired at protesters.
Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Tear gas rises from the ground after it was fired at protesters.

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Police wait to advance after firing tear gas into the crowd.
Charlie Riedel / AP Photo

Police wait to advance after firing tear gas into the crowd.

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A protester reacts to the effects of tear gas that riot police fired at demonstrators.
Lucas Jackson / Reuters

A protester reacts to the effects of tear gas that riot police fired at demonstrators.

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Emergency personnel carry a victim from a car crash into an ambulance after protests turned violent.
Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Emergency personnel carry a victim from a car crash into an ambulance after protests turned violent.

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A protester has antacid and water sprayed on his face to stop the stinging from police-thrown tear gas.
Lucas Jackson / Reuters

A protester has antacid and water sprayed on his face to stop the stinging from police-thrown tear gas.

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A protester yells toward police in a cloud of tear gas.
Lucas Jackson / Reuters

A protester yells toward police in a cloud of tear gas.

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A protester wears a police hat that reads "Murderer."
Charlie Riedel / AP Photo

A protester wears a police hat that reads "Murderer."

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Firefighters respond to fires that were set after looting at the Dellwood Market after protests turned violent.
Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Firefighters respond to fires that were set after looting at the Dellwood Market after protests turned violent.

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A protester stands in the street after police fired tear gas.
Charlie Riedel / AP Photo

A protester stands in the street after police fired tear gas.

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Demonstrators hand water to each other through a broken McDonald's window after tear gas was fired upon protesters.
Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Demonstrators hand water to each other through a broken McDonald's window after tear gas was fired upon protesters.

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Police officers seek cover behind emergency vehicles.
Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Police officers seek cover behind emergency vehicles.

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People defy the curfew Sunday night.
Charlie Riedel / AP Photo

People defy the curfew Sunday night.

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Protesters react to the effects of tear gas.
Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Protesters react to the effects of tear gas.

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Demonstrators face off with police.
Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Demonstrators face off with police.

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