Music festivals are prime locations for drugs and alcohol to be consumed. For many, it is all part of the fun of attending such a festival. However, be on the lookout. Law enforcement officers also attend such events undercover to catch those selling drugs or attempting to try and drive drunk.
The Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) garnered more than 135,000 attendees on it’s second night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With that many attendees, it is no surprise that a number of arrests were made. Metro Police tallied a new record, arresting 39 people for felony drug-related crimes on Saturday night alone. This broke the previous year’s record of 31 arrests for felony narcotics crimes. At least six people have been arrested for DUI.
Metro spokesman Officer Jesse Roybal said that the increase in arrests may have been attributed to a higher number of undercover officers attending the festival.
Police reported 212 calls for medical treatment on Saturday, with 12 people being transported to nearby hospitals. This was higher than Friday, which saw 193 medical calls and 5 people being transported to hospitals.
In total, 34 people were removed from the festival on Saturday according to Insomniac Productions, the company that owns and operates the EDC.
In addition to the arrests, a malfunctioning pyrotechnic prop caused a stage fire that stage crews were unable to put out. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze to prevent it from moving to other stages. One employee received minor burns.
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