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Dozens hospitalized after concert at Boston arena

 

More than 30 people were hospitalized in Boston Wednesday night after attending an electronic dance music show featuring Swedish disc jockey Avicii. 

Boston EMS Deputy Superintendent Mike Bosse told the Boston Herald that 36 people were transported from the TD Garden arena to nearby hospitals by local and private ambulances, while another 50 were treated at the arena. None of those hospitalized appeared to be suffering from life-threatening symptoms, Bosse said, adding that the ages of those transported were between 16 and 25. 

Bosse added that many people attending the show appeared to have been intoxicated when they arrived. Bosse told the Associated Press that he had contacted the Boston Police Licensing Division, which cited the TD Garden for allowing the intoxicated concertgoers to enter.

Tricia McCorkle, director of communications at TD Garden, issued a statement saying there were a "number of transports due to medical issues."

Jacqueline Peterson, a spokeswoman for concert promoter Live Nation, said early reports indicate that a majority of those taken to the hospital "were people outside the venue who were too impaired to be allowed inside" for the concert.  They were taken for medical evaluation and assistance as a precaution, she said in a statement early Thursday.

"We were actually in the general admission spot down closest to the Avicii stage," one concertgoer told WFXT. "We saw around us people leaning on people, people falling over, I saw people getting carted out by medical staff."

Avicii spokeswoman Diana Baron said she was waiting for a full report from the venue and promoter.

Two people died over the weekend at a Las Vegas music festival attended by Avicii, one of the biggest names in electronic dance music. Authorities said Monday it will take several weeks to determine what caused the deaths of the Electric Daisy Carnival fans.

Police said nearly 800 people were treated for medical conditions and 25 were hospitalized during the three-night electronic music festival, which organizers said drew about 400,000 people at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Festival organizers told police that 134,000 fans attended Friday, Saturday and Sunday night shows featuring pulsing lights, Ferris wheels, seven stages of music and DJs including Avicii, Diplo, Afrojack and Tiesto.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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