Violent disturbances near Keene State College during an annual pumpkin festival lasted until early on Sunday and involved dozens of arrests and injuries, as well as police in riot gear using tear gas to disperse crowds. Keene State student Ellery Murray told The Boston Globe that she was at a party on Saturday that had drawn a large crowd when people started throwing things. “People were just throwing everything they could find – rocks, skateboards, buckets, pumpkins,” she said. “People just got too drunk.” The parties around the school coincided with the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival, where the community tries to set a world record for the largest number of carved and lighted jack-o-lanterns in one place.
Mayhem Erupts at Annual Pumpkin Festival