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Riot police deployed as Keene Pumpkin Festival descends into mayhem

Keene Pumpkin Festival, 2011.
Keene Pumpkin Festival, 2011. Image by bwats2 / CC BY 2.0

At least 20 people have been hospitalised and over a dozen arrests made this weekend after the Keene Pumpkin Festival, in New Hampshire, descended into chaos. The mayhem mainly involved parties being held near the Keene State College, and there were reports of fires in the street, damage to property, and people throwing rocks and pumpkins. Riot police were deployed and used tear gas to disperse the crowds. Read more: cbsnews.com