From tear gas to aftermath, Twitter users are uploading a number of startling photos from "the situation" that unfolded in Keene, New Hampshire yesterday during the annual Pumpkin Festival.
The Huffington Post reports that college officials provided few specifics on the melee, but said Keene State students and out-of-town visitors were involved. The school said in a statement that off-campus gatherings escalated at locations around the city. One Keene State student said that "people just got too drunk."
"People were just throwing everything they could find — rocks, skateboards, buckets, pumpkins. People just got too drunk."
Police said they have made a number of arrests during the riot and that some people were injured. Exact specifics are unknown on this time on the number arrested or injured, but Twitter has been buzzing with images of the event as it spiraled out of control. Check out some of the tweets made from within the riots.
Windows smashed, blood on door on car parked in student lot at #keenestate after #riots last night @NECN pic.twitter.com/1xAQYrBv6n
— Katherine Underwood (@KatherineNECN) October 19, 2014
#Keene State College swamped with riot police pic.twitter.com/YNHv1JgTAb
— G U N N E R (@gunnerhoffman) October 19, 2014
Just a taste of what happened last night at Keene state. #pumpkinfest2k14 pic.twitter.com/oWaJhTppUX
— Smack College™ NE (@SMACKCOLLEGE) October 19, 2014
"Let's (expletive) riot." Mayhem in Keene, N.H., during annual Pumpkin Festival: http://t.co/olhPPs5Byx (Sentinel) pic.twitter.com/X1WfiipdR1
— Ben Leubsdorf (@BenLeubsdorf) October 19, 2014
Keene State for ya pic.twitter.com/RhvduojBCM
— Ali Doolittle (@alidoolittle) October 19, 2014
#keenestate (still frame via Collin Brady) pic.twitter.com/pQ1YqsmZ4B
— AndreaWBZ (@AndreaWBZ) October 19, 2014
Police are now using tear gas at Keene State. (photo via @gabbymartinn) http://t.co/xY7DTiXdbD pic.twitter.com/DWs30sH64M
— Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra) October 19, 2014
Look at these thugs @cnn @foxnews.....rioting over some damn pumpkins #Pumkinfest #KeeneState pic.twitter.com/HsHwtef6fK
— Lady Sneaker Addict (@28Stinni) October 19, 2014
Students at #keenestate turned over at least two dumpsters in last half hour. @BostonGlobe #keenepumpkinfest pic.twitter.com/g2cItba3d2
— Jeremy C. Fox (@JeremyCFox) October 19, 2014
What do you think of the Keene State riot? Did police handle "the situation" correctly, or was tear gas excessive?