Oct 20, 2014 7:11 AM

Keene, NH, officials to address violence near pumpkin festival

The Associated Press

KEENE - Officials in Keene have scheduled a news conference following violent parties near the New Hampshire city's annual pumpkin festival that led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries over the weekend.

City officials have scheduled a news conference for Monday at 4 p.m. at Keene City Hall, in the City Council Chambers.

The parties around Keene State University coincided with the Keene Pumpkin Festival, at which the community tries to set a world record of the largest number of carved and lighted jack-o-lanterns in one place. The violence prompted police in riot gear to use tear gas as they tried to control the crowds.

College students cleaned up the area Sunday.

Gov. Maggie Hassan called on the state's colleges and universities to "take swift action to hold students involved accountable."


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