City Hall Offers Blow-By-Blow Recap of Events at Electric Daisy Carnival at Fair Park

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This morning, Frank Librio, spokesman for the city, called to say that at 10 this morning, officials with the city, the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Fire-Rescue were meeting to review the events leading to the likely drug overdose of 19-year-old Andrew James Graf and the hospitalization of 30 others Saturday night, during the Electric Daisy Carnival at Fair Park. He said before day's end, we would receive the city's official recap; it just arrived.

It is, more or less, a time line of what occurred; also attached was a copy of concert promoter Insomniac's contract with the city, which Pete will post on DC9, where he's already had a couple of updates today -- including Schutze's piece explaining why exactly he attended Saturday night. The city also included its best-guesstimate head count: 21,000 -- which is less than half of what Fair Park's maximum occupancy was set at for the occasion (42,927).

The city's recap, which includes the number of officers originally assigned to the event and indicates that things began going south around 8:30 p.m., follows.

Update at 4:07 p.m.: Librio sends this addendum: "In all, there were 7 citations issued to the representative of Insomniac Incorporated. Two were issued for overcrowding, two more for failure to obtain a count of occupants and three for obstruction of justice."

Update at 4:50 p.m.: I asked Librio to explain the citations given to Insomniac. He does so after the jump.

This is what Librio said, via email, when asked about the citations:
Despite the fact that the overall number of attendees was not surpassed, each building had its own occupancy load, and those of the Centennial and Automobile buildings were exceeded.

Specifically, the area around the stage in the Centennial Building was overcrowded, and the entire Automobile building was overcrowded.

Occupancy loads were determined by fire inspectors using a 15 square foot per person basis as follows:

Centennial Building - 4, 791
Automobile Building - 5, 463
Outside area - 32, 673

I couldn't tell you exactly how many people were in the Centennial and Automobile buildings, but it was determined by fire inspectors that it was more than the listed limits.

The obstruction of justice came as a result of refusing to comply with turning on the lights and turning down the music for better crowd control.
Now, to the earlier press release:
To: Media

From: City of Dallas PIO

Re: Fair Park Event Update

City officials will continue to monitor and evaluate the conditions under which events will be held at Fair Park. As with all events, we continue to review applications, check references and follow all public assembly safety requirements.

The Electric Daisy Carnival was held at Fair Park on June 18th, 2011. Event time was 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM. The foot-print of the event consisted of the Centennial and Automobile Buildings, the Esplanade between the two buildings as well as the area north of the Esplanade to the northern boundaries of Fair Park. The site's maximum occupancy was established at 42,927.

This was the second year for the event at Fair Park. The 2010 event, held on June 19, 2010, drew 11,000 patrons, 4,000 under expected attendance of 15,000. The 2010 event was staffed with 20 off-duty Dallas Police Officers. There were no offenses reported during the 2010 event, 1 arrest was made for narcotics possession, and 1 patron was transported to the hospital for a possible drug overdose.

Police staffing for the 2011 event was based on an attendance figure of 22,000. Anticipated attendance was 18,000 to 20,000. Staffing consisted of 36 off-duty Dallas Police Officers (2 Lieutenants, 3 Sergeants, and 31 Police Officers) Dallas Fire Rescue initial staffing: 10 medics, 2 Polaris, Rescue 75, and Recue 78 hired by Platinum Security.

A Command Post was established inside the Automobile Building. The CP was staffed by DPD, DFR, Fair Park representative, and Platinum Security. A Unified Command System was established. Estimated total attendance was between 21,000 and 24,000. The last hard count received at 11:00 PM on the event day was 21,000.

From 4:00 PM, when the event opened, to 8:00 PM there was a constant flow of patrons entering the venue. During this time frame there were no police related incidents; DFR had transported 2 to 3 patrons for possible heat/drug related issues.

At 8:00PM patrons were continuing to arrive and DFR recognized the need to increase their staffing levels. A DFR Section Chief was notified of the situation by Lieutenant Cook of DFR and responded to the location.

At approximately 8:30 PM Lieutenant Dortch was notified of the death related transport. Patrons were continuing to arrive in a steady manner. Central Patrol Division was contacted and 4th watch elements were assigned to the perimeter of Fair Park to monitor patrons entering the park. Additionally, Central Patrol Division was notified to place a response team on stand-by for precautionary measures. A call was placed for and additional sergeant and 10 officers for supplementary staffing for the remainder of the event. By 11:00 PM total off-duty staffing had increased to a total of 47 DPD officers. The on duty resources were notified and additional off-duty staffing was increased due to the flow of patrons arriving at the venue.

At approximately 10:30 PM the DPD incident commander, DFR, and Doctor Benitez met concerning the public health aspect of this event. By then there had been 12 to 15 transports as well one possible drug related death. All parties agreed the event could be suspended due to public health issues, however concerns of civil unrest possibly arising due to abruptly ending the event was also discussed. Unified Command decided not to enact a "hard close" of the event, but developed a plan to enact a "soft close" (gradual early close of the event). Ticket sales were stopped at this time thus closing the event to new arrivals.

Deputy Chief Watson, Duty Commander, was contacted at 11:15 PM and apprised of the situation. He responded immediately and was at the location by 11:30 PM.

The "soft close" plan was enacted at 12:00 AM and the Centennial Building portion of the venue was secured by 12:30AM with no incidents.

A "soft close" of the Automobile Building was enacted at 1:00 AM and the building was secure at 1:30AM with no incidents. By 1:30 AM approximately one third of the patrons had exited the venue with no incidents.

The outside portion of the event closed at 2:00 AM in an orderly manner.

There were not reported offenses related to this event. Two arrests were made: 1 - Public Intoxication and 1 - Possession of MDMA (ecstasy)

A total 30 people were transported for heat, drug and alcohol related issues.

DPD staffing was dismissed at 2:45AM. DFR staffing was dismissed at 3:30 AM.
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Travis Daniel Marshall
Travis Daniel Marshall

 Centennial Building - 4, 791

Automobile Building - 5, 463

Outside area - 32, 673ok someone must not be very good at math considering " The city also included its best-guesstimate head count: 21,000"

Somethings not adding up, I don't think Insomniac should have gotten Cited as many times as they did

Ashley
Ashley

I was at EDC and the crowds were calm, we were all super excited but no one was out to do damage. We just wanted to have fun. And to be honest if you're going to take drugs and you know it's a 103 maybe you should rethink what you're doing, or at least take care of yourself. It wasn't our fault that the rooms were over crowed. They should have know when thousands of tickets were sold that there were going to be a lot of people. The death of that man is sad, but they have said so many different things like he had consumed alcohol, may have had drugs, or just the plain heat. If this gets rid of EDC in Dallas i will not be a happy camper. I enjoyed myself except for the fact i couldn't see Skrillex cause of overcapacity. Knowing Skrillex was one of the big ones, he should have been outside instead of Mt. Eden or Flux and Doctor P. Next year, if there is a next year. They probably should open up more areas, have more than just ONE free water station. The lines were so long at times. An maybe have some tents set up with a/c. And if people can't take care of themselves on drugs in 103 heat, then don't do it. We can't control everyone but only a few messed up. Why take it away from the rest of us?

Mkmartin0477
Mkmartin0477

the thing I find odd is that electric daisy carnival hashad 2 deaths in the up to 10 years they have been doing this in multiple citiesyet bonnaroo has had 10 deaths since 2002,and they only do 1 event a year.  why is the press not all up in arms about bonnaroo?Is it simply because this was an electronic music event?  Also it has not been said that the boy who died, did so because of drugs.  It is likely 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

 

I am in total agreement with the Las Vegas mayor on this issue. 

"You do the best you can, but if people want to be idiots, you can't stop them," he said. "That's part of human nature. You can't make people necessarily behave by telling them to behave."

 

 

 

 

Tara
Tara

Why do they blame insomniac for the death and hospitalizations? It's not like insomniac forced those kids to take drugs and over dose. They didn't force the kids to not drink water and over heat. No one is to blame but the kids themselves. Yes, I'm very sorry to the family for their loss but there is no one to blame but the child. The venue didn't reach anywhere near max capacity and if the kids dwanted to pack into the tents like sardines that's their own problem. Everyone always wants to blame someone other than who really messed up. I think this is getting way outta hand and is just completely ridiculous. There are way more important things to worry about than what happened at a rave like festival.

ReverendVelvet
ReverendVelvet

Every year, nearly 40k people live in the Nevada desert for a week (Burning Man) facing extreme weather conditions - hot and cold -with relatively few incidents. Yes, the occasional OD or arrest for public sex but com'on we could all use some public sex in the desert right??

Anyway .. this is embarrassing for Dallas .. mostly because you all look like lame assess for partying like amateurs. 

Robert C
Robert C

"Occupancy loads were determined by fire inspectors using a 15 squarefoot per person basis."  Hate to get technical, but that occupant load the fire inspectors are using is for a space with tables and chairs, like a banquet - not a concert. Those buildings were not that crowded.

This festival was a great time, and it was awesome to see Fair Park used this way.  We don't need to see things taken away from Fair Park, which is usually a ghost town surrounded by seas of asphalt parking, except during one month of the year for the Fair.

Erich S
Erich S

Same folks who cry about the lack of personal responsibility and freedom will now actively work to shut down this pretty cool festival just because of one unfortunate accident that was genuinely unrelated to anything going on with EDC. One of the best-organized and run fests of its type...seriously. These young folks are probably the most well-behaved crowd this town or any has ever seen yet the Manufactured Moral Outrage Police would have you believe Beelzebub himself was behind the decks that night. Jesus! This is why people think Dallas is so lame. Folks have died at the State Fair -- now why haven't they shut that down?

FabFran
FabFran

Seems like the Fire Dept. over-reacted a bit...maybe?  Accounts I have read or heard have been positive...the crowd was calm and just wanted to enjoy great music.  Totally a misunderstanding of the crowd, music and just fear from the authorities.  Misplaced anxiety much?

I have worked the Mayor's Back to School Fair that has taken place in this same space and they NEVER have had this much security or thought this much about the "safety" of attendees...It is for a shorter period of time and usually sees about 60K+ people (adults plus kids) go through the same space.  They NEVER have enough water, security or crowd control...maybe they should be more concerned with that event then EDC.

T-Bone
T-Bone

Someone may have asked this already, but why not use the bandshell or Coliseum?

The Derelict
The Derelict

sounds like an emo-tard festival.  wouldn't be caught dead there! 

Brother can you spare a dime
Brother can you spare a dime

Robert, how are you reaching your conclusion that the young man's death is drug related?  I have read in other reports that result from the autopsy will not be known for weeks.........What has happened to allow those assertions to be made? 

Guinness
Guinness

I worked the event with several friends working the booths.  We have been talking the last couple of days about how well behaved the crowd was.  There were no fights and I only saw one guy get arrested and I'm pretty sure he was drunk.  The promoters and Fair Park seemed to put on a really well managed event.  Even when I went to the security to suggest posting guys at places they responded quickly and were polite to work with.  The only time I saw over crowding was when the Fire Department started closing buildings early which caused patrons to naturally move toward the buildings that were still open.  The over crowding I'd have to say was CAUSED BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS DECISION TO CLOSE AREAS EARLY.  Even then nothing was out of control or chaotic.  The media has blown this out of proportion and demonized the event because these kids are the modern day counter culture.  So what if they want to believe in a world where they can express themselves freely.  OK so the attendees dress a little weird, listen to different music than us and are accepting to alternative life choices.  Personally as a middle aged adult I'd rather deal with this crowd any day of the week than a alcohol infused Rock Concert or Sporting Event crowd.  THERE WERE NO FIGHTS AND THE CROWD WAS VERY RESPECTFUL WHEN MADE TO LEAVE EARLY.  They only made 2 arrests out of 22,000 people!!!!  That's unheard of for an all day event with that many people. 

The tragedy that occurred is very unfortunate and may we all pray for his family and friends for their loss.  

Ellaena
Ellaena

News Flash: There was NOTHING chaotic about it.  A few people made the mistake of doing drugson a very hot day but there were no fights, no pushing, no issues.  It was a peaceful, fun-loving 21,000-personcrowd with next to no issues whatsoever.  The police and medialove to blow everything out of proportion when a few people make mistakes.Good job by the promoters! Everything went smooth as can be and was notcrowded.  Can't wait for next year'sEDC!  Best event in Dallas thus far!

 

P.S. Markus Schulz ftw! 

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

From reading the cities account, it sounds like they handed up properly, which again its pointing to the promoters for various issues...

RW1961
RW1961

I'm impressed with the police department (at least, according to this timeline). Sounds as if they had their act together, and didn't overreact as the event progressed. 

I think for a lot of people, their animosity toward this event is because it's kind of an "underground" thing. The general public can understand a C&W concert at Frisco's soccer field during a Saturday afternoon, but add dance + late at night + Fair Park + performers they've never heard of, and their minds just automatically begin to FREAK OUT about all the obvious evilness that MUST be going on.

Sadly, the result will probably be the City not allowing events, which means less $$$ in the city's coffers. For every concert or dance event that can no longer be held, they should make all the Baptists chip in to cover what we will lose, cuz we know it's the Baptists that are freaking out the most about this!

P1Steven
P1Steven

I also agree w/ Justin. What is the big deal? I kid ODs at a large event. How is the event for his behavior at the even. Sounds like the event planners had their shit together....The crowds got big, the responded.... so what?

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

The reason this is national news is simple: Because someone died at an event that had a similar experience last year. These guys were under a very close microscope from the get-go, and it happened again...

Justin Julian
Justin Julian

I hope I'm not alone in not seeing the big deal here.  An event was held.  It didn't even reach half of max capacity, or the expected upper end of capacity.  It had a ton of medical, police, and fire/rescue people on site.  A bunch of people got stupid with drugs despite thorough security searches.  One of them managed to kill himself with them.  The event closed a little earlier than planned because the police were concerned, even though in reality there wasn't that much going wrong.  (31 people out of 21000 is a pretty small percentage)  

This is national news why?  This is LOCAL news why?  

anon
anon

most people aren't doing drugs at the Mayor's Back to School Fair

Corey Carrasco
Corey Carrasco

Why not use the freaking cotton bowl ! I mean if they can use the Coliseum in Los Angeles why not use the Cotton Bowl as the main stage space here in Dallas. Both the Automotive and Centennial Buildings should be used as smaller stage venues. 

Fair Park has the potential to be a great venue for EDC. Even better than a dusty speedway in the Nevada desert. Hopefully what happened this weekend doesn't keep EDC away next year.

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

You couldn't use the bandshell. When they say this was a "concert" they don't mean people sitting on benches listening to the orchestra. This was a rave with a DJ and people dancing in an open area.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

There was A Rodeo was at the coliseum .

The pictures looked like everyone was having a good time..

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Sorry -- I fouled up the links and left the DPD report on my desk at the office. So I'll quote from DMN story, which is behind the pay wall:

"A 19-year-old man who died after attending a weekend rave at Fair Park is suspected of overdosing on drugs, according to a Dallas police report. Paramedics were called to the Electric Daisy Carnival about 8 p.m. on a report that Andrew Graf of Argyle was overdosing. Graf arrived at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas about 8:30 p.m., with CPR in progress, the report said. He was pronounced dead at 8:51 p.m.

Authorities found eight to 10 black pills in Graf’s pocket thought to be a brand of fat-burning diet pill.

The report notes that Graf was “transported from a large rave party in Fair Park. Baylor ER did not know how many pills [Graf] had consumed are (sic) what caused his death at this time.”

The Dallas County Medical Examiner has not ruled on the cause of death pending toxicology tests, which typically take several weeks."

http://www.dallasnews.com/news...

John
John

Agreed. If they just kept everything open, everyone would have been spread out. I was able to walk to each stage and find a place to dance the whole time I was there.

Louise
Louise

I was also in attendance Saturday night and from 6pm until past 1 am when I left. I saw nothing "chaotic" bar a few people jumping in the fountain. Im from uk and have been to many concerts/raves/festivals and this one has to be one of the least chaotic I have seen. In addition to this I would like to note that compared to the standard club and bar scene in USA this was a very happy, fun filled event. No pushing, no shoving, no juice heads trying to show dominance or bitchy cougars trying to fight other girls (I'm in my 30s...so I'm not being ageist :))Its very sad someone lost their life but it was not through violence or overcrowding. It was   because they chose to smuggle drugs through security (I was checked on entering the festival) and take them on a day topping 100 degrees. America (the world) needs to take accountability for its own actions people!!!Whilst it was crowded, EDC this year had PLENTY of space both in the halls and outside for cool down as well as several stations handing out free water which you NEVER get elsewhereI don't work for EDC or in any way affiliated with them and I have been to many events which have been badly managed and this was certainly not one of them. I have over 100 photos from the event from all hours that I will be happy to share which show there was indeed plenty of room if you decided to step further back from the stage!

Kieffer
Kieffer

You take away official events, people will still party, but now there will be no police, no medical staff and a lot more deaths. 

I was at EDC and there was nothing chaotic that I ever came across. It ended early and people were passive still. That doesn't happen at other more mainstream events...

Coleman
Coleman

wait...this is NATIONAL NEWS now? good lord.

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

Not only that, but just 2 arrests out of 21,000 people is a mind-blowingly well-behaved crowd. How many people were arrested downtown when the Mavs won?

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Well, let's not go nuts.  It is the DISD, after all.

T-Bone
T-Bone

well, now I'm bummed that I missed the rodeo....

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

So when the media says "drug-related" everyone assumes it was ecstasy, but it looks like he was on over-the-counter fat burners. Very, very sad.

Guinness
Guinness

I like most of what you had to say but so far no one knows if the kid that died even did any drugs.  They found diet pills in his pocket and his father has said he wasn't feeling well BEFORE he went to the event and probably shouldn't have gone.  This whole story has the possibility of being completely misplaced finger pointing.

Liva Jessica
Liva Jessica

I agree. I was also at EDC. I saw police and security everywhere. The same thing happens at Bonnaroo or any music festival. You can't keep you eye on everyone and as sad as the story at the end of the day the attendees are responsible for themselves.

Nachoman
Nachoman

Definition of a slow news day.

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

and we all know what types come out for free pencils

Coleman
Coleman

Thanks, Robert. I've had my head down in work all day and haven't really taken a look of the outside world for a while...had no idea something like this would escalate like it has

Ljensen3699
Ljensen3699

The article isn't saying the venue could hold 46,000 people, there is no way it could hold that many it couldn't handle the amount it had already. If you read it it says the fair park can hold 46,000 people. The venue only took up a quarter of the fair park.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I'll put it like this Robert: Thank you guys for covering it properly and with journalistic intent, not like the DMN, where its sounding more and more like a smash piece. I'll be talking much more about this tonight on my show:

http://www.deepellumonair.com/...

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I'm not here to judge whether or not the story of a 19-year-old's death is "overblown." Clearly, some of you feel that way; others do not. But this was a significant event on city property that resulted in one drug-related death and 30 hospitalizations (including someone still in critical condition at Methodist). Concerns over crowding in some venues and the AC units in others, not to mention how security was handled and a death at an EC event in LA last year, has prompted higher-ups in several city departments, including DPD and DFR and the City Manager's Office, to respond per this morning's meeting and this afternoon's recap, along with the contract with the city Pete has posted on DC9. As you'll note, the city has cited the concert organizers for several things; I am trying to find out why the citations, given capacity was less than half of the max set for the show. Also: obstruction of justice needs some clarification.

P1Steven
P1Steven

Hey Big Bob! I have a buddy who worked the event if anyone wants to contact. In addition, I probably know another 10 attendees.

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