updated 3/21/2010 7:51:39 PM ET 2010-03-21T23:51:39

Hundreds of angry residents in an Argentine town have torched the city hall to protest the death of two teenagers in a police chase.

Television footage shows residents attacking the municipal headquarters in Baradero, 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Buenos Aires.

The 16- and 17-year-olds died Sunday, apparently after police tried to stop them for riding a motorcycle without helmets.

Police Maj. Aldo Carossi said witnesses told officers the youths tried to flee. A police truck and the motorcycle crashed during the ensuing pursuit, killing the teens.

Carossi said a transit inspector was detained.

Protesters burned the police vehicle, then directed their fury at town hall and the vehicle registry office.

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