Falling facades, 1998

Philadelphia firefighters gather at the scene after the facade fell from two row homes in West Philadelphia. Nobody was injured.

But I drove by later that evening and found one of the residents spending the night in his car outside. There were lots of people in need living in this neighborhood at that time and he was afraid someone might climb into the very unstable house to try to take his belongings.

Photojournalists doused in pepper spray, 2000

Police fire pepper spray toward photojournalists in Washington, DC, during an economic human rights demonstration against policies of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in April, 2000.

I was wearing eye protection and ducked most of my face into my bent arm but I went home with painful sunburn-like irritation on my forehead. 

Scattered acts of violence had broken out and protesters had rolled a dumpster toward this barricade moments earlier.

Mardi Gras riot, 2001

Philadelphia Police officers charge down South Street on horseback in an effort to break up the crowd after violence broke out during Mardi Gras celebrations in 2001.

A crowd of 40-50,000 had gathered, some businesses were looted and around 100 people were arrested, according to a PhillyMag recap a couple of years ago.

Back in 2001, The New York Times reported that Mardi Gras violence had also broken out in Austin, Fresno and Seattle.