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Keene City Council Committee Again Rejects Pumpkinfest Permit

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A City Council committee has once again rejected a permit request this year for the Keene Pumpkin Festival, a fall tradition overshadowed by nearby violent disturbances last year.

WMUR-TV reports the nonprofit group running the festival, Let It Shine, wants the city to develop a security plan, estimated to cost more than $300,000.

The Planning, Licensing and Development Committee rejected a license Wednesday for the second time. The Keene City Council is scheduled to vote on it April 2.

Last year, more than 100 people were arrested after alcohol-fueled parties got out of hand near the festival, leading to property destruction and injuries. Police in riot gear used tear gas and pepper balls to control crowds.

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