Around 11:20 p.m., residents living in the area of Centre Street near Creighton and Wyman streets heard what sounded like a simultaneous car chase and gunfire.
And then, a crash, as one of the possibly several vehicles involved wound up embedded in the front entrance to Pimentel Market at Centre and Wyman streets.
Police responding to the scene found no driver and no evidence of gunfire in the path the SUV and the other vehicles took from down Centre towards Columbus Avenue - so one possibility is that people in the cars were throwing fireworks at each other. Some fireworks remains were found on Centre.
One resident near Creighton reports seeing four or five vehicles, at least one with New York plates, come "screeching down Centre Street." He adds: "I don't know if it was a chase or they were racing, but I heard some sort of crash further up Centre Street and screeching tires so whatever they were doing they were flying. They all tried to fly down Creighton and one went straight into Pimentel."
Not long after the crash, police responded to a report of gunfire a few blocks down Centre at Lamartine - which turned out to be more fireworks.
The fire department responded to the market as well and determined that the car did not do any structural damage to the building.