Keene State Students Clean Up After Mayhem Near Pumpkin Fest

Oct 19, 2014


Keene State College students and friends clean the backyard of a house on Winchester Court on Sunday morning, the site of a large party on Saturday that was broken up by police.
Credit Michael Moore / Keene Sentinel

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.