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East Windsor KKK video highlights issue of disruptive bonfire parties

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Parties in gravel pits have been a recurring problem for the town of East Windsor. (WFSB) Parties in gravel pits have been a recurring problem for the town of East Windsor. (WFSB)
EAST WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -

A video of a man in KKK garb at a post-election celebration in East Windsor sparked outrage, but also highlighted another issue.

Parties in gravel pits have been a recurring problem for the town. Chris Caswell has lived on Apothecaries Hall Road her entire life. Sounds of mischief coming from ATVs and motorcycles have become a regular part of weekends in her neighborhood of East Windsor.

"All you can do is just hear it echoing through the woods," Caswell said.

A video of a bonfire party that featured a man in a Ku Klux Klan robe  with a Trump flag led to widespread attention of the gatherings in the area.

But locals have long been aware of the issue.

A manager of a company that owns one of the pits did not want to speak with Channel Three on camera.

"There's a lot of garbage left behind, they build fires...there are times you might find a tire fire. Tires burn forever," said the manager.

He asked to not be identified because of fear the gravel pits would be vandalized even more.

The gatherings in the pits are known to be dangerous as well.

Locals remember serious injuries and even deaths happening after ATV accidents.

"I just worry about them getting hurt," said Caswell.

Even though the areas are private property, because they're spacious and not fenced in, managers said police have a hard time regulating them.

"They don;t have the ATVs or what they have to follow them. These kids will go anywhere. I've seen them go down railroad tracks. Who will chase them on railroad tracks? That's how they get away," said the manager.

In search of a solution many residents have tried to put various blockades around their properties.

But for the most part, they've simply resigned to these incidents as a way of life in East Windsor.

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