LOS ANGELES — More than 200 people were injured and more than 100 were taken to hospitals during a two-day electronic music festival and rave at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park.
Authorities said Sunday that some were hurt as people rushed barriers trying to get in without the $75 admission ticket at the 14th annual Electric Daisy Carnival, which featured rides and five stages with performances by Moby and Will.I.Am.
UPDATE: A more significant safety issue may have been ticket holders who tried to force their way into the event's VIP area by climbing fences and overcrowding an entrance to the Coliseum field, which sits at the bottom of a steep set of stairs. "It was like a waterfall of people," one man told the Los Angeles Times. "They actually had to stop the music and the emcee yelled to stop acting like fools."
Graphic video has emerged showing attendees trying to force their way through the narrow passage. People trapped on the bottom of the pile screamed in panic as they were crushed by dozens of bodies:
A similar crowd control nightmare occurred at the Coliseum in 2001, prior to the widespread popularity of cellphone cameras. USC students attempted to rush the field after defeating crosstown rival UCLA, and some were injured after being trampled in a similar fashion to the video seen above.
But crowd control was hardly the biggest concern for organizers. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says most of the 114 people hospitalized were taken for drug or alcohol problems. Concerns about drug abuse this weekend -- and at other raves -- have caused some people to call for a ban on the events at publicly owned facilities.
Humphrey says there were 226 injuries reported, the extent of which were not clear.
Organizers say the event drew a total of 185,000 people on Friday and Saturday.