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17 hospitalized after rave at Los Angeles Sports Arena

January 1, 2011 |  9:28 am

At least 17 people were hospitalized after a rave at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Friday night, but no fatalities were reported.

The Together As One electronic music party drew more than 26,000 revelers to ring in the New Year at an event that lasted until 2 a.m.

Fire Department personnel treated 62 people on site for a “broad spectrum between injury and illness” and transported 17 to area hospitals, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Humphrey said there had been no reports of pre-hospital fatalities but could not give an assessment of the conditions of those hospitalized. He also could not say how many of the medical cases appeared to have been drug- and alcohol-related.

A spokeswoman at the nearby California Hospital Medical Center could not provide information about the conditions of patients transported from the rave.

Hundreds of police were on site for the event. Three people had been arrested on suspicion of using or selling Ecstasy as of 9 p.m. Friday, including two who attempted to sell drugs to an undercover officer.

Raves were banned at the arena and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in June after the overdose death of 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez. Coliseum commissioners voted to lift the ban in November.

But commissioners promised stepped-up safety measures for the New Year’s Eve event, including added drug searches and strict enforcement of the 18-and-up age limit.

Revelers posting about the rave on Twitter were upbeat, although some complained that the event was too crowded.

 -- Abby Sewell

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