BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Dozens of people were taken to the hospital from an electronic dance music show at the TD Garden Wednesday night for problems with drinking, drug use, and heat in the arena.
Boston EMS says that 36 young men and women were taken to local hospitals and another 50 people were treated inside the Garden where Avicii, a Grammy-nominated Swedish disc jockey, was performing.
No one appeared to have life-threatening injuries, Boston EMS Deputy Superintendent Mike Bosse said, adding that everyone transported and treated appeared to be between 16 and 25 years old.
‘TOOK FOUR COPS TO TAKE HIM DOWN’
“There was one kid, it took four cops to take him down,” one witness told WBZ-TV. “He was on something, I have no idea.”
Another young woman said she saw several people in need of medical attention on the ground in both the concession and seating areas.
Bosse said he contacted the Boston Police Licensing Division, which cited the TD Garden for allowing lots of intoxicated concertgoers to enter.
Jacqueline Peterson, a spokeswoman for Live Nation, which promoted the show, released this statement overnight:
“While this is still a developing situation, based on early reports from the venue it appears the majority of the transports were people outside the venue who were too impaired to be allowed inside the venue and access to the concert. Out of an abundance of caution they were transported for medical evaluation and assistance.”
Avicci, whose real name is Tim Bergling, posted this message on Twitter late Wednesday night:
“Just hearing the awful news abt tonight. Its a terrible thing, I rly hope everyone is ok! My thoughts go to those affected & their families.”
AUGUST 2013 INCIDENT
In August 2013, three people overdosed at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street. One of them, Brittany Flannigan, 19, of Derry, New Hampshire, died.
LAS VEGAS FESTIVAL
Two people died over the weekend at a Las Vegas music festival attended by Avicii, one of the biggest names in electronic dance music. Authorities said Monday it will take several weeks to determine what caused the deaths of the Electric Daisy Carnival fans.
Police said nearly 800 people were treated for medical conditions and 25 were hospitalized during the three-night electronic music festival, which organizers said drew about 400,000 people at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Festival organizers told police that 134,000 fans attended Friday, Saturday and Sunday night shows featuring pulsing lights, Ferris wheels, seven stages of music and DJs including Avicii, Diplo, Afrojack and Tiesto.
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