Man busted making smoky mess in Fisherman’s Wharf

Talk about blowing smoke.

Cops caught a lunatic setting off smoke bombs along a busy street in Fisherman’s Wharf on Tuesday night, police said. The mad bomber threw them into traffic, at a storefront and planted at least one under a car, they said.

Witnesses in a nearby shop were disturbed at the sight, police said.

A plainclothes sergeant passing through the area saw smoke coming from under a car in the 200 block of Jefferson Street around 9:30 p.m., police said. He also saw a man under the car, and asked him to show himself, police Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said.

He noticed the man was planting “some type of flaming projectile” under the vehicle, Dangerfield said.

Police also learned the man, later identified as 24-year-old David Pagan of San Leandro, had allegedly tossed one of the devices at a nearby shop, leaving a burn spot on the wall, Dangerfield said.

Pagan reportedly had a beef with the people inside the store who told him to cut out his nutty antics, Dangerfield said.

The witnesses did not call cops about the smoke bomb assault.

“No one had called police, as they should,” Dangerfield said.

Luckily, cops witnessed the smoke assault and arrested Pagan.

The bomb emitted blue smoke. It was not explosive, Dangerfield said.

“It’s a lot more smoke than it is fire,” he said.

Cops allegedly found a “bic lighter” in Pagan’s pocket and also unused smoke bombs, police said. He was charged with possession of an incendiary device and throwing items at vehicles, both misdemeanors, Dangerfield said.

Cops don’t believe Pagan is mentally disturbed.

“I think they try to get attention,” Dangerfield. “The fire department is called and they get their jollies that way.”

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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