Wedding marred by fight over hanging lights

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A safety decision made by Orange and Rockland Utilities turned unsafe when a fight broke out at a wedding outside of a synagogue, resulting in one arrest.

Strings of lights that were hung for the wedding of the Satmar Hasidic leader's granddaughter were deemed unsafe by Orange and Rockland Utilities, when customers complained of sparks flying out of the bulbs. A large group of teen boys was outraged when the utility crew removed the lights that the boys allegedly spent hours hanging.

State police say as many as 200 teenagers were shouting and throwing eggs and water bottles at the utilities truck. When troopers tried to escort the truck out of the village, some allegedly put metal barricades in the way.

After the scene was cleared, people from the village put up their own poles and re-strung the lights.

The fight resulted in the arrest of 19-year-old Joel Farkas, and a trooper suffered minor injuries.

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