#FergusonDecision: Pictures Show Ferguson Ablaze After Extraordinary Night Of Violence

Violence has erupted in Ferguson, the small town in Missouri where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer.

The town, with a population of just over 21,000 residents, was set alight amid violent protests after a Grand Jury announced that officer Darren Wilson would not face prosecution.

Pictures show flames engulfing stores, car lots burning and scores of vehicles set on fire early on Tuesday morning, with gunfire reportedly kept firefighters at bay.

The violence came despite pleas for peace from Brown's family and President Barack Obama.

Ferguson Erupts