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N.H. city wants pumpkin fest organizers to pay for damage

A gathering near the annual pumpkin festival in Keene, N.H., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Bobby Platner via CBS Boston

KEENE, N.H. - Keene city officials want the organizers of an annual pumpkin festival to pay $90,000 in costs incurred after violent disturbances broke out this year.

WMUR-TV reports that city officials say additional security and overtime for police, fire and public works drove the total cost of the event to nearly $150,000.

More than 100 people were arrested after alcohol-fueled parties got out of hand on Oct. 18 near the Keene Pumpkin Festival, leading to property destruction and injuries. Police in riot gear used tear gas and pepper balls to control crowds.

The festival is billed as a family-friendly event that each year tries to set a record for the number of lit jack-o-lanterns.

Festival organizers did not immediately respond to email and phone requests seeking comment.