A crowd in San Francisco's Chinatown surrounded a Waymo robotaxi on Saturday night, broke the windows and threw fireworks inside, setting the vehicle ablaze, the company said.
The incident occurred on Jackson Street near Grant around 9 p.m. Waymo said that the autonomous vehicle was not transporting any passengers at the time of the incident and no injuries were reported.
It was not clear what prompted the crowd to set upon the robotaxi. The San Francisco Police Department said authorities are investigating the incident.
Video posted to social media showed a crowd of several dozen people surrounding the car and scrawling graffiti on the sides. One man bashed the front passenger window and the windshield with a skateboard, shattering the glass.
Subsequently, someone threw a firework inside, setting the car on fire. Flames quickly engulfed the Jaguar, totally destroying the car.
"We are working closely with local safety officials to respond to the situation," Waymo said in a statement provided to The Standard.
In a follow-up statement, Waymo said the vehicle had "recently dropped off a rider and was navigating to its next destination when the event occurred." The company said on Sunday morning that it was continuing to operate in the city and would serve riders throughout the day's Super Bowl festivities.
Firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the blaze.