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More Than 400 People Were Arrested At That EDM Festival In San Bernardino
The total number of arrests during the three-day Nocturnal Wonderland festival continued to rise through the weekend, with a final count of more than 400 arrests made.
As of Sunday morning, 252 people had been arrested at the San Bernardino EDM festival continued through the holiday weekend. One hundred eleven people were arrested on Saturday, 141 were arrested on Sunday, and 176 were arrested on Monday, according to statements from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, bringing the total to 428.
Total attendance at the rave topped 67,195, according to the L.A. Times. Fox 6 reports that five people were hospitalized.
Several emergency room doctors have spoken out about raves in the past, calling them a threat to public health. Three people died earlier this summer at the HARD Summer festival in Fontana, and more than 500 were arrested during a single weekend in November 2015 at raves in Pomona and San Bernardino.
On the plus side, the vibes at this weekend's fest "were nothing but amazing," according to Insomniac, the event's promoter:
🙏 Thank you all for livin' it up this weekend at #NocturnalWonderland!! The vibes were nothing but amazing! pic.twitter.com/h3Lw6uBZoQ— Insomniac Records (@InsomniacRecs) September 5, 2016
And the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner celebrated the fact that no one died over the weekend:
Thanks to everyone who made #NocturnalWonderland safe this year! We received no death reports from the EDMF over the weekend!— Kevin Lacy (@SBCSDklacy) September 6, 2016
Both Nocturnal Wonderland and its sister festival Beyond Wonderland have been held at the San Bernardino County-owned San Manuel Amphitheatre since 2013. San Bernardino's Board of Supervisors moved to ban raves from county-owned facilities back in May; the proposal fizzled, but Board Chairman James Ramos has pledged to revisit the ban, according to The San Bernardino Sun.
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