At least 42 vehicles were targeted by the vandals, who smashed front and rear windscreens across three Birmingham streets in the early hours of the morning.
Police said a 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.
Cars also had their wing mirrors ripped off, paintwork damaged and bonnets dented.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s just carnage. Everywhere you look there's a car with its windscreen put through.
“Whoever did it must have gone absolutely berserk. I’ve never seen anything like it before. It’s mad.”
The spree, in the Attwood Green area, took place at around 4.20am.
Police were alerted by a spree of emergency calls from residents woken by the noise.
Bell Barn Road, Windrush Grove and Mosedale Way were among the roads affected.
Another resident, who didn't want to be named, said: "Our car is behind a gate so we weren't targeted but I couldn't believe the carnage.
"I walked along the road and many cars had been vandalised.
"It was just appalling to see. I rang police to tell them what had happened and think they already received a number of calls."
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "A teenager has been arrested after up to 42 cars were vandalised in and around Bell Barn Road, Birmingham, this morning.
"We were alerted at around 4.20am that several cars were left with footwear impressions on the bonnets, had wing mirrors broken off and other damage caused to paintwork.”
"A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and he remains in police custody today.
"Enquiries continue and we are urging anyone with information or who may have dash-cam or CCTV footage of the vandalism taking place to contact us as soon as possible."
Anyone with information should contact police on 101.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org