Witness captures moments leading up to fireworks disaster at Northeast Side racing meetup

A street racing meet up led to two people seriously injured

Witness captures moments leading up to fireworks disaster at NE Side racing meetup

SAN ANTONIO – A witness captured the moments of a street racing meetup on Sunday night in the Eisenhauer Market parking lot that turned into a chaotic scene after a fireworks disaster.

“I was looking out the window, and then I just see all the cars just start lining up, and then it just got crazy,” said Stephen Pecina, a Northeast Side resident.

Pecina was watching the chaos unfold at the parking lot.

“People doing donuts, hanging outside the window,” Pecina said.

San Antonio police arrived at the scene just before 11 p.m. to find about 200 racers in the parking lot.

Police said two men who were setting off fireworks were severely injured. One man had his hands blown off, and the other blew off some fingers and may have lost his eyesight, officials say.

Pecina said he’d seen other suspicious things in the past.

“Maybe a couple of cars here. They’ll line up, do a couple of donuts,” Pecina said.

Police said some cars left and set up to race at Perrin Beitel and Centergate, where officers arrested two people.

“Perrin Beitel and Nacogdoches are long, long roads that make it very, very attractive to this kind of situation,” said Clayton Perry, District 10 councilman.

Perry hopes to get more patrols out in the area.

“I’m certainly going to talk with Chief (William) McManus on possibly increasing patrols along those areas. But it’s very important that residents, if they see something like this happening, call 911 right away to get their attention and get them into the area,” Perry said.

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