Medical incidents escalate on Day 2 of Electric Daisy Carnival


While major mishaps have yet to be seen as Day 2 of the Electric Daisy Carnival starts to wind down, medical staff and police still had their hands full.

"Just head over heels busier," said officer Marcus Martin of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Just after 1 a.m., at least five people were down with little to no response due to dehydration, drinking or drugs in a single area near the main stage.

"We did not have all those people down last night," Martin said. He said he suspects a larger crowd contributed to the increase in incidents.

Police will release a report including arrests and medical calls handled at the event at 9:30 a.m.

Temperatures at Las Vegas Motor Speedway dropped to 81 degrees at 5 a.m., with Sunday's high expected to reach 103 leading into the last night of the event.

--Jessica Fryman, 5 a.m., Sunday, June 26

The music is rising and glowing skydivers are coming down at Electric Daisy Carnival, in the second night of its three-night debut in Las Vegas.

Afrojack, Benny Benassi and Empire of the Sun are just a few of the acts lighting up the crowds at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The temperature dropped to 86 degrees by 1 a.m., and there were no reports of major problems with security.

Tweets from the concert venues gave a glimpse at the mood.

"The definition of raging is going down right now #edc," -- madeyoulook23

"There are sky divers with neon lights falling from the sky. #EDC" -- NewKids4Vegas

"#VEGAS #EDC NUFF SAID!!!" -- djalexem

And from Review-Journal music reporter Jason Bracelin: "Two things I'll never understand: the purpose of nipples on a man, and you, grown man in a teddy bear cap. #EDC"

--R-J staff, 1 a.m. Sunday, June 26

At least a dozen people -- some dehydrated, others with bruises -- already found their way to the medical building within a half-hour of the gates opening at the Electric Daisy Carnival on Day 2.

Medical staff at the 40-bed station said they expect tonight to be their busiest of the three-day DJ-music event at the speedway. No serious mishaps have happened so far, though, they said.

Emergency personnel, including 160 police officers and about 1,000 security guards, say they are prepared to handle the rave -- which is known for rampant Ecstasy use. The drug gives users the vibe to dance all night, often leading to hyperthermia, which can be even more of a risk in valley temperatures. It is 97 degrees tonight.

Officers could be seen randomly searching people in the parking lot, as the scantily-clad ravers filtered into the event.

"It's automatically suggested that when you go to a rave there's going to be drugs," said Justin, who preferred not to give his last name given that stereotype. "That's what people think but there's a lot more positive things."

Painted on his abs -- a neon green "U" symbolizing unity -- he explained, is what EDC is all about.

"It focuses on the music and peace, love, unity and respect," he said pointing out his friend's stomachs, which sported the rest of the acronym "PLUR."

With beaded bracelets lining his arms past his elbows, Spencer said the jewelry is another bonding part of the rave culture.

"You kind of bond with people through trading," the Washington native said. "I remember all the people I've traded with."

-- Jessica Fryman, 10 p.m. Saturday, June 25

FIRST NIGHT coverage

So far, so good.

No deaths were reported through 6 a.m. Saturday as the first night of the three-night Electric Daisy Carnival came to an end.

Of the reported 75,000 rave attendees, Las Vegas police reported 20 arrests. Six of those arrests were for misdemeanors and 14 were for felonies -- 12 of which involved the use or sale of narcotics. One person was arrested for suspected DUI, and one traffic accident was reported.

Police said MedicWest, a private ambulance service, received 143 calls. About 300 patients were treated, with five being transported to area hospitals. There were 31 people ejected from the event.

The second show will start at 8 p.m. Saturday and end at 6 a.m. Sunday.

-- Mike Blasky, 11 a.m., Saturday, June 25

The anticipation was obvious Friday night.

Cars clogged Interstate 15 from North Las Vegas to Las Vegas Motor Speedway a few miles up the road, slowing the sweaty and often scantily clad passengers to a standstill.

Electric Daisy Carnival was finally here, bringing thumping electronic music, elaborate light shows and the country's largest rave of the year here for the first of three nights.

The party's other side, however, quickly became apparent. Cars approaching the parking lot were greeted by a flashing sign.

"Narcotic dogs on property," it read. Another message warned of searches.

Police on dirt bikes patrolled the lot, with others on horses and motorcycles watching the entrances. The line for the first security checkpoint was smooth. Security was only checking IDs. However, the next line for pat-downs and bag emptying moved an inch a minute at best, taking a couple hours to finally walk through the speedway and onto the infield.

"I have enough 'molly' on me to kill 10 people," said one raver standing in line, not afraid of the stepped up security.

Molly is slang for the hallucinogenic, Ecstasy, which also gives ravers hours worth of energy to dance until sunrise.

Security or not, Mario Molina of Los Angeles doesn't do Ecstasy, he said while standing in line.

"I don't mess with pills," said the 20 year old who rode the bus here for all three nights of the rave. "I drink. That's safer. Pills are a big thing here. I'll tell you that for sure."

Molina was at last year's Los Angeles Electric Daisy Carnival where a 15-year-old girl died of Ecstasy overdose, forcing organizers to uproot the carnival from its 14-year home, bringing it to Las Vegas this year.

The party was calm by the Review-Journal's 9:30 deadline Friday night. Las Vegas police Capt. David O'Leary said aside from clogged lines and traffic, everything was fine and no arrests had been made. Most people were still in line outside trickling in. However, reports from ravers waiting in line -- received through Twitter -- tell of people collapsing while standing in line. One ambulance was seen driving off with its sirens screaming.

-- Trevon Milliard, 9:30 p.m. Friday

 

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