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114 people injured at two-day Los Angeles rave

More than 100 people were transported to local hospitals during a two-day electronic-music festival and rave at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The 14th annual Electric Daisy Carnival, which featured carnival rides, five stages and performances by Moby, Steve Aoki and Deadmau5, drew a total of 185,000 people on Friday and Saturday, a publicist for the event said.

Due to the size of the event, Los Angeles paramedics were stationed at a command post on site, a spokesman for the department said. On Friday, 94 incidents were reported, 52 of which were injured people who were taken to hospitals. On Saturday, 132 incidents were reported, 62 of which required transportation to hospitals.

Some of the injuries were a result of people rushing gates and barriers in attempt to overwhelm security and get inside.

No deaths were reported, and the extent of the injuries was not known.

Electric Daisy Carnival is hosted by Insomniac, an event promotions company.

-- Corina Knoll and Randall Roberts  

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EDC is an amazing festival. I hope its an annual thing from here on out. If people in LA are going to make a big stink out of it, im sure there is another country that would love to field the event. See everyone there next year!

Elephant in the room: how many injuries were drug-related.

FYI..... This thing requires a all out LAPD deployment paid for by taxpayers in this cash strapped economy!!! Yes be upset that the promoter doesnt pick up the tab for the Officers pay but we as taxpayers have to pay for this drug infested environment....

For the Times to put the 114-injured headline up when there were 185,000 people at the event is a scare mongering tactic.

A more informative headline would be "Rave Saves Lives" - it is amazing that you get that many young, intoxicated people together and 0.062% of the people present were injured and had to go to the hospital, zero died, and besides, that injury rate includes an unspecified number of people injured rushing the gates. As Sam asked, the number we all want to know is how many injuries were drug related, since the stereotype is that these events are drug emporiums.

While there are probably people in law enforcement and emergency services that see this type of an event as a plague on the city, it seems that the organizers and the LAFD should be congratulated for keeping partygoers safe. I would prefer my son or daughter to be near EMTs if they overdosed or acted a fool rather than in the care of their (also intoxicated) friends.

Also, who did pay for law enforcement and LAFD? Did the promoter pick up the tab? It would be unusual to throw a party that large and not have to kick in something before the permit was granted.

114 divided by 185,000 equals 0.00026% of the population, not 0.026% (:

Insomniac was definitely well prepared. I saw EMTs in civilian clothes roaming throughout the crowds of all five stages; they were there for the unfortunate overdoses and fence-crashing injuries and were obviously in well contact with paramedics and the emergency command post.
I was watching DuckSauce perform around 12:00a.m. Saturday night when I noticed two civilian-disguiesed EMTs respond to an attendee unconscious about 10 feet away from me. In a matter of 2 or 3 minutes I witnessed just how quick a group of at least five EMTs were to respond. The attendee was off the floor in a matter of 5 minutes, well done.

It was my first time and it will definitely not be my last.

I'm extremely concerned with the fact that the Los Angeles residents are more worried about this so called "Drug infested carnival" rather than the serious poverty and gang related issues within the city itself.


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