BOSTON (CBS) – Businesses on Newbury Street are picking up shattered glass and assessing the damage after looters caused significant damage to shops in Boston Sunday night into the overnight hours.

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What began as peaceful protests following the death of George Floyd spiraled into destruction in Boston as crowds dispersed.

“It’s a war zone all the way from the park to here on Newbury Street,” said Jean-Mare Biebuyck, who lives in the Back Bay.

Damage left behind by looting on Newbury Street. (WBZ-TV)

On Newbury Street, people smashed windows and took merchandise from stores.

Inge Rocker lives in the area, and told WBZ-TV she is “shaken” by the violence.

“It’s our dear home. I have never been as irritated I have to say,” said Rocker. “I come from Germany. It destroys so much what we believe about this country. I understand the protesters, I’m all for them. What this is is unacceptable. This has to be called to order. This country has to get back to where we loved it.”

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The Zara store on Newbury Street the day after the riots. (WBZ-TV)

Rocker said many of her favorite shops have been destroyed.

“I’ve never seen anything like this. This is like a civil war or something,” said Rocker.

“This is crazy. This is out of control. Has nothing to do with democracy anymore. I’m shaken. It’s my neighborhood.”

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Boston Police said as of 3 a.m. that 40 people were arrested, 21 police cruisers were damaged, and seven officers were injured in the city.