An attack on the Chinese Consulate early Thursday involved as many as four people that were possibly captured on camera, according to police.
A resident alerted authorities at around 4 a.m. after seeing two people near the Chinese Consulate facing Geary Street, then moments later, a burst of flame. The witness also reported seeing two people running after the incident.
By the time police arrived, the fire was out and what remained was a large charred mark on the metal gate.
A flammable liquid is believed to have been applied to the security door and then ignited, authorities said.
Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Mannina said that while officials “don’t believe there is a major threat,” police presence will be increased in the area.
The suspects were captured on the consulate’s security cameras, Mannina said. No arrests were made.