At least 36 concertgoers hospitalized in Boston

At least 36 concertgoers hospitalized in Boston

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Swedish DJ Avicii.

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by DOUG STANGLIN / USA TODAY

USA Today

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 12:26 PM

At least 36 young people were hospitalized and dozens more treated at the scene Wednesday night after attending an electronic dance show at Boston's TD Garden featuring Swedish disc jockey Avicii.

At one point, medical services declared a Phase 2 Mass Casualty Incident, which involves more than 30 people, according to Boston.com. Many of the victims were taken out of the concert hall on stretchers. There were no fatalities.

Mike Bosse, Boston EMS deputy superintendent, told reporters at the scene that none of the victims appeared to be suffering from life-threatening symptoms and that many arrived at the show already intoxicated. The ages of the victims ranged from 16 to 25.

"Fortunately no one was seriously injured. Mostly underaged kids involved in alcohol and or some illicit drugs," Bosse said, according to the Boston Herald. "This is a mass casualty incident that greatly impacts our resources, Boston police resources as well as area hospitals."

Bosse said 50 people were treated or evaluated at the scene.

He told the Associated Press that he had contacted the Boston Police Licensing Division, which cited the TD Garden for allowing the intoxicated concertgoers to enter.

Josh Brogadir of NECN,com quoted some concertgoers as saying that some of the victims taken off in stretchers may have also suffered from dehydration in the sweltering arena.

TD Garden spokeswoman Tricia McCorkle said that at Wednesday night's Avicii concert "there were a number of transports due to medical issues."

Diana Baron, a spokeswoman for the Grammy-nominated Avicii, one of the biggest names in electronic dance music, said she was waiting for a full report from the venue and promoter, Live Nation.

Avicii, the house DJ,. remixer and record producer whose real name is Tim Bergling, later tweeted his concern over the incidents: "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."

Two people died over the weekend at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas that Avicii attended. A Authorities said Monday it will take several weeks to determine the causes of death.

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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