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These Photos Prove Just How Chaotic The Situation In Ferguson Has Become

Chaos erupted Wednesday evening in Ferguson, Mo., the St. Louis suburb where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer last week.

Protesters gathered for the fifth straight day in the streets of Ferguson to protest Brown's death, clashing with heavily-armed police outfitted in riot gear. The protests took an ugly turn later Wednesday evening as police deployed tear gas and smoke bombs to disperse the crowds. Meanwhile, according to the Associated Press, some protesters threw Molotov cocktails at cops.

Here are some photos that illustrate just how intense the situation in Ferguson has become.

ferguson A man watches as police walk through a cloud of smoke during a clash with protesters Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with people lobbing Molotov cocktails at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ferguson A device deployed by police goes off in the street as police and protesters clash Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Authorities in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teen was shot and killed by a police officer have used tear gas to try to disperse protesters after flaming projectiles were thrown from the crowd. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ferguson An explosive device deployed by police flies in the air as police and protesters clash Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with people lobbing molotov cocktails at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ferguson Demonstrators, protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, scramble for cover as police fire tear gas on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, is experiencing its fourth day of violent protests since the killing. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

reilly Huffington Post reporter Ryan J. Reilly is arrested when police officers suddenly closed a Ferguson McDonald's restaurant on West Florissant Avenue on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

ferguson A member of the St. Louis County Police Department points his weapon in the direction of a group of protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ferguson Demonstrators, protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, flee as police shoot tear gas into the crowd of several hundred after someone reportedly threw a bottle at the line of police on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, is experiencing its fourth day of violent protests since the killing. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

ferguson A man picks up a flaming bottle and prepares to throw it as a line of police advance in the distance Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Authorities the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teen was shot and killed by a police officer have used tear gas to try to disperse protesters after flaming projectiles were thrown from the crowd. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ferguson A protester runs through smoke deployed by police Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with people lobbing Molotov cocktails at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ferguson Police in riot gear watch protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ferguson A small dog is held on a leash by a protester as police in riot gear watch protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ferguson A protester kicks a smoke grenade that had been deployed by police back in the direction of police Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with people lobbing Molotov cocktails at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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