Vancouver Riots Erupt Downtown After Canucks Lose Stanley Cup To Boston Bruins

It's an ugly scene in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday evening in the aftermath of the Canucks loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, as people have resorted to rioting in the streets.

Shortly after the ending of the hockey game around 8 p.m. local time, people began throwing objects at the giant video board set up on the street. From there, people began yelling "Riot! Riot!" before... well, rioting. 

Cars have been overturned and set on fire, several business have been broken into and police are using force to attempt to disperse the massive crowds. Police have declared the intersection of Georgia and Homer Streets an "illegal assembly area" according to the Vancouver Province, and they are reportedly arresting anybody in sight as a result. 

Bridges are closed are heading into the downtown core, while train and bus service has also been cut off. It looks more like a war zone than anything else, as police use tear gas, flash-bang grenades and pepper spray as weapons against the crowd.

According to Andrea Woo of the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver General Hospital has reportedly declared what's called Code Orange Major, which means that they expect casualties. Woo says that it's a precautionary measure. 

This photo of fans attacking police from the Canadian Press is one of the more eye-opening that's coming out of the city at present. 

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