Future Of Iowa State's Veishea Celebration In Doubt

By: The Associated Press, WOWT Email
By: The Associated Press, WOWT Email
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After one person was seriously hurt in violent riots in Ames, Iowa, Iowa State University officials are rethinking the future of the school's Veishea festival.

That student was injured when crowds toppled light poles and flipped cars Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. That person was flown to a Des Moines hospital by medical helicopter and is now recovering.

Ames police reported the crowd gathered in the Campustown area for the annual Veishea celebration and threw beer cans at officers after overturning two cars.

ISU President Steve Leath later announced the 2014 festival would end Wednesday at 5 p.m., saying the university is actively working to find out what sparked the outbreak of riots and who is responsible.

"Human safety and the safety of our community has to be the number one priority. We cannot have any more property destroyed or any incidents of this nature."

Leath said the future of the Veishea festival will be determined by his staff before the end of the spring semester.


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