Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Rave at L.A. Sports Arena results in 80 arrests and numerous medical calls [Updated]

August 22, 2010 | 12:21 pm

A rave held at the Los Angeles Sports Arena has resulted in the arrests of 80 people and numerous medical calls, according to city police and fire officials.

The Love Festival, organized by Go Ventures, based in West Hills, featured various DJs on two stages and began at 4 p.m. Saturday. The event was scheduled to end at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Los Angeles Fire Department officials said they treated numerous individuals at the scene for unspecified difficulties, while police said most of the arrests involved drugs and the use of fake IDs.

[Updated at 1:22 p.m.: Fire officials reported that paramedics treated 16 people and that three concertgoers were taken to hospitals by private ambulance.]

In July, after the death of a 15-year-old girl from an apparent drug overdose at the Electric Daisy Carnival, the panel overseeing the coliseum and sports arena decided to allow Saturday's scheduled rave, but with additional restrictions including banning minors from attending.

The LAFD was also on standby at the event. Fire officials said they would release more detailed information on the number and type of calls they responded to later Sunday.

-- Raja Abdulrahim