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Peaceful demonstrations were quickly overshadowed by violence.

Violent protests consumed Ferguson, Missouri, late Monday night following the announcement that police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Peaceful demonstrations were quickly overshadowed by the violence that followed. At least a dozen buildings had been set on fire along West Florissant Avenue by 12:30 a.m.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered additional state National Guardsmen to Ferguson, announcing his decision via a press release at 1 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration issued temporary flight restrictions for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Spokesman Jeff Lea told reporters that 10 inbound flights were either cancelled or diverted. The restrictions expired at 3:30 a.m.

At least 61 people were arrested in the unrest overnight, according to the St.Louis Post-Dispatch. Local hospitals reported a total of 13 injured patients, but no fatalities.

At a 1:30 a.m. press conference, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters that there's almost "nothing left" along a one mile stretch of the West Florissant between Solway Avenue and Chambers Road. “What I've seen tonight is probably much worse than the worst night we ever had in August, and that's truly unfortunate.” Belmar added, “frankly, I'm heartbroken about that."

Protesters gather in front of the Ferguson Police Department before the announcement of the grand jury decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A Missouri grand jury heard evidence for months as it weighed whether to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Brown. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Barbara Jones, joined by other protesters, raises her hands, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Protesters listen to the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes violent protests. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Police officers grab a protester after the announcement of the grand jury decision, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.  (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A man tries to catch his breath after police used tear gas to clear protesters from the street in front of the Ferguson Police Department after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
A protester squirts lighter fluid on a police car as the car windows are shattered near the Ferguson Police Department, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
A police car is set on fire after a group of protesters vandalize the vehicle after the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Protesters ride around after the announcement of the grand jury decision, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
People run as they come out a gas station with goods when police arrive Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.  (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Ferguson Market and Liquor store is vandalized after the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Protesters run for shelter as smoke fills the streets after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Smoke fills the streets as some buildings are on fire after the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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