Louis Krauss, who shared a video of the crashes, said at least 300 people had gathered at the scene.
“After the statue collapsed, it shattered into several pieces, which were then dragged across the beach and thrown into the Inner Harbor,” Krauss told CNN.
The statue has been standing in Little Italy for more than 30 years and is the latest issue to collapse in recent weeks amid protests. And a multitude of protesters and local orders removed others to honor Columbus, Confederate leaders, and other controversial figures who represent racist parts of American history.
“I support the Italian-American community of Baltimore and the indigenous community of Baltimore,” the statement said. “However, I cannot support Columbus.”
CNN contacted the Baltimore Police Department for comment.