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Pumpkin Festival Gets Ugly in New Hampshire

Pumpkin Festival Gets Ugly in New Hampshire

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(NEWSER)– The annual Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire, got a bit out of hand yesterday. It seems that students at nearby Keene State College threw an afternoon party celebrating the festival, and after brawls at that gathering, another throng congregated in the same part of town—near both the college and the festival—last night. Riot police responded to both incidents.

At least 30 people were hurt in the afternoon, most of them hit by bottles and other objects, and about 12 people were arrested, NECN reports. EMTs reportedly had to dodge bottles themselves as they tried to help people who were hurt. Then, last night, crowds reportedly lit fires, engaged in vandalism, and attempted to flip over at least one car, Boston.com reports. The police "just started walking on the street, with, like, mace, tear gas, and these rubber bullets," says one witness.

The violence, which included dumpsters being overturned, continued into the early morning hours today, the Boston Globe reports.

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