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Students clean up after mayhem near pumpkin fest

2 years 7 months 1 week ago October 19, 2014 Oct 19, 2014 Sunday, October 19 2014 October 19, 2014 12:37 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

KEENE, N.H. - Keene State College students are cleaning up from a chaotic weekend after parties near the city's annual pumpkin festival turned violent.

Dozens of people were injured and arrested as crowds overturned cars, set fires and hurled bottles at police, who responded with riot gear and tear gas.

Police did not have a final count of arrests Sunday, but the department's police log shows officers responded to 235 calls between 2:30 a.m. Friday and 3:30 a.m. Sunday and made at least 49 arrests.

Keene State students who cleaned up the mess Sunday say visitors from out of town were largely to blame.

The parties and chaos around the school coincided with but did not spill over into the Keene Pumpkin Festival, which aims to set a world record for lit jack-o-lanterns.

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