Flames rip through shops, cars in Ferguson as gunshots ring out in streets

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Fire and looting have overtaken several businesses after protests over the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old at the hands of a police officer turned violent.

Multiple fires continued to burn early Tuesday at local businesses, including at storage facility, auto parts stores and a beauty supply shop. An AP photographer saw firefighters arrive at one scene only to be turned back by gunfire.

Not long after it was announced that Officer Darren Wilson wouldn't be indicted in Michael Brown's shooting death, protesters smashed a police car's windows and tried to topple it before it was set ablaze. Some in the crowd tried to stop others from taking part.

Officers lobbed smoke, pepper spray and tear gas from inside armored vehicles to break up the crowds.

The vast majority protesters had dispersed by late Monday, but looting and gunfire still was being reported after midnight.

At least 29 people have been arrested so far in and around Ferguson, St. Louis County Police told CNN early Tuesday.