Loud music, smoke blamed in man's $1.2 million lawsuit against Pumpkinfest

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TURNERS FALLS (AP) — The organizer of a western Massachusetts fall festival is facing a $1.2 million lawsuit filed by a man who says he suffered severe health problems because of the festival.

Dwayne St. Marie says in his suit filed in Franklin County Superior Court that smoke and loud music at Pumpkinfest in 2011 caused a migraine and weakened his cardiac and respiratory systems, leading to a "major cardiac incident."

St. Marie at the time lived in an upper-floor apartment that overlooked the site of Pumpkinfest, held annually in the Montague village of Turners Falls.

Pumpkinfest is a private event.

The Recorder reports that Pumpkinfest organizer Michael Nelson in his response to the suit says St. Marie's health problems were caused by his own negligence and seeks either a jury trial or dismissal.

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