Connecticut Teen Charged in New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival Riots

A college student from Connecticut is one of 84 people arrested during riots at an annual New Hampshire pumpkin festival earlier this month.

Groton resident Tory Knaff, 18, is charged with one felony count of reckless conduct after throwing a beer bottle into the crowd, “the beer bottle being a deadly weapon in the manner in which it was used, which placed another in danger of serious bodily injury,” police said, citing the court complaint.

Knaff was released on $5,000 bond and is due in court the morning of Dec. 9. His curfew has been set for 9:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. and he is forbidden from consuming drugs or alcohol, according to police.

More than 30 people were injured during violent parties near Keene State College during the city’s Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18. Police responded in force with riot gear, gas tanks and pepper spray in an effort to control unruly crowds.

City officials in Keene said rioters threw rocks, bottles, cans and billiard balls and set fire to the middle of a road. Crowds damaged college, city and private property and overturned at least one car.

Authorities are still investigating and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

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