Police officers and ambulances were dispatched to the annual Pumpkin Festival near New Hampshire’s Keene State College after several people were injured from bottles at a party with hundreds of people, according to the local fire department.
“There were about 4,000 kids in this backyard and it almost felt like a war zone,” Ellery Murray, a sophomore at Keene State, told The Boston Globe. “People were just throwing everything they could find — rocks, skateboards, buckets, pumpkins. It was actually kind of scary.”
Video posted on social media shows a chaotic scene with students running and screaming as bottles were thrown in the air during the festival around 2:30 p.m. Cops responded with pepper spray and other non-deadly forms of “crowd control,” MassLive reported. One student on social media said he’d been tear-gassed by a police officer.
“Over the past few days, a large number of out-of-town visitors have come to Keene for the Keene Pumpkin Festival,” a spokeswoman for Keene State told The Boston Globe. “Subsequently, during the course of the evening on Friday, off-campus gatherings associated with the Keene Pumpkin Festival escalated at a number of locations around the city.”
The governor is monitoring the situation, according to WMUR-TV.
Police who arrive on the scene appear to be wearing riot gear, as this tweet shows:
Here are some more images of the scene:
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