Rioters set Minneapolis police station ablaze on third night of justice for George Floyd fury

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Police officers were ordered to evacuate after protesters stormed the Minneapolis Police Department's 3rd Precinct building.

The precinct was set ablaze after rioters smashed equipment, broke windows, and set off fireworks.

Officers retreated after launching projectiles at the demonstrators, according to the New York Times.

Officials also warned of reports that gas lines near the building had been cut and that it contained other explosive materials.

"If you are near the building, for your safety, PLEASE RETREAT in the event the building explodes," the city government wrote in a tweet shortly before midnight.

The National Guard mobilized 500 soldiers to control crowds across the Twin Cities as tensions boiled to a fever pitch.

The Times reported that Walz said he supported peaceful protests but was bothered by the widespread destruction.

Footage also showed journalist Ashley Mullany almost being hit by a stun grenade as she reported on the Minneapolis protests.

Mullany was covering clashes between demonstrators and police for Channel 7 News, and had to duck for cover as the grenade was fired over her head.

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