The DJs finished spinning, packed up and left the city. And more than 115,000 people followed.
That’s right, Las Vegas, the 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival is over.
While officials warned of traffic problems, police only attributed seven accidents to the festival. And, after three days, 49 people were arrested for felony narcotics charges, compared to 53 last year.
To reduce narcotic use, security enforced the use of “amnesty boxes” at the entrance. The boxes allowed attendees to responsibly turn in their illegal drugs, no questions asked and no action taken. Once attendees passed the security gate, they could later be arrested if found with drugs on the premises.
“We fill that sucker up 50 to 80 times an hour,” said George, a security manager with Central Investigative Security Services who declined to give his last name.
But, he said, few attendees willingly turned in their narcotics. Most drugs put into the box were confiscated by security from attendees trying to sneak them past the checkpoint.
The drugs stayed behind, but attendees were still able to enter the festival.
Las Vegas police officer Pete Friday said attendees caught with small amounts of drugs were allowed to enter after their drugs were confiscated. Anyone caught with a large quantity with the intent to distribute was arrested.
But most attendees said the strategy was futile.
“Even if it really was no questions asked, I wouldn’t leave drugs there. The cops would get it,” said John-John Virela, 21.
Friday said the contents of the amnesty boxes are impounded and then destroyed by police.
By the end of the festival, it appeared most amnesty boxes were filled with empty bottles, gum packets and trash.
Event coordinators, through the EDC website, encouraged festival attendees to “stay healthy and stay hydrated” by providing free water at filling stations and, via Twitter, reminding them not to walk on Las Vegas Boulevard before or after the festival, for safety reasons.
More than 600 medical calls were made and nine people were transported to a hospital. The infirmary unit at the festival was also was a “no questions asked” zone.
“They should have said that before because I’m sure people would have gone in before they got sicker,” said Brandon DeFort, 21. “There are cops that stand in front of the infirmary and a lot of people are ‘rolling’ and don’t feel comfortable walking in.”
The last night at EDC had crowds singing and dancing at eight stages to more than 75 DJs, more weddings — real and fake — and even a final fireworks spectacular.