City Officials Investigating Events Leading to Death, Hospitalizations During Electric Daisy Carnival at Fair Park Saturday Night

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Photo by Kevin Todora
The scene in the Esplanade Fountain at Fair Park last night during Electric Daisy
Shortly after 11:30 last night, not long after an infinitesimally small amount of Dallasites elected a new mayor, the calls and email began pouring in, all saying more or less the same thing: Chaos has erupted at the Electric Daisy Carnival dance-fest at Fair Park; dozens of ambulances on the scene. Dallas Police and Fire-Rescue dispatchers confirmed over the scanner: Ambulance drivers were told to take patients to Baylor and return to the Perry-Washington entrance.

EMS said they needed to "disperse" patients, lest Baylor get overwhelmed. The word "overdose" was used frequently; "heat exhaustion" too. Pete, who'd been there with Schutze, was on his way to an Erykah Badu-?uestlove DJ set at the Rio Room when he U-turned back to Baylor and discovered that at least one teen had died. Dozens more, out of the thousands in attendance, were hospitalized.

Then, this morning, rumors began circulating again: There were more deaths than initially reported. City officials were told: There may be as many as three, all "drug-related." But Dallas Fire-Rescue and the Dallas County Medical Examiner's office tell Unfair Park they know of only one: 19-year-old Andrew James Graf of Argyle. "We've confirmed only one," says the ME's office. "Hospitals have not called to notify us of others."

There has also been much talk that the Fair Park buildings in which Electric Daisy took place became overheated due to air-conditioning units that buckled in the heat. City Manager Mary Suhm tells Unfair Park this afternoon that there were "no air-conditioning issues." She says Trane had "been out there the week before to check the system, and it ran 100 percent. It's possible somebody may have opened doors" to accommodate the crowds. Schutze, who was there, says the Automobile Building doors were indeed open when he arrived.

"It was," he says, "hot in there."

Suhm says city officials were aware of drug concerns following the Ecstasy overdose of a 15-year-old at last year's Los Angeles Electric Daisy. That, she says, is why "people were being searched" as they entered Fair Park last night. Schutze says that's absolutely what happened: "I had to turn my pockets inside-out -- everyone did," he reports. "The entrance process was four separate stations to check not just for tickets, but what you had on you, to look at you. It was very efficient."

Suhm has been in communication with Dallas police, fire-rescue, medical and Fair Park officials; she says she'll update later if she gathers more concrete details. Regardless, she says, "First thing tomorrow we'll gather up everybody and figure out what the issues are."

Update at 5 p.m.: Frank Librio, spokesman for Dallas City Hall, sent a statement regarding last night's events. It reads, in full:
City officials are gathering information from various sources, including event-goers, regarding the event last night at Fair Park. This event was conducted with all of the proper procedures, approvals and safety measures in place including pre-event meetings to address security and police staffing levels. All festival attendees went through a driver's license screening and search process which included searching attendees' bags as well as having people empty their pockets. No outside beverages were permitted other than a sealed water bottle. Festival rules were posted at all entry points. Dallas Fire-Rescue had three medical assistance stations on site. There were no issues with air conditioning which was fully operational. Fair Park hosted this event in 2010 without similar incidents.
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Em
Em

ALSO sealed water bottles were not allowed in, empty ones were because there was a water station. The facts about security in this article are completely false. Security was not up to par and that's why people were injured. Last year at EDC Dallas, security was much better and there were less people. We had a much better time because we were safer. 

Em
Em

This is bullshit. I know for a fact that some underage kids were let in AND I wasn't searched at all when I walked in. 

EDC was awful
EDC was awful

This article is way off. The security was shit. I walked in with a small bag and expected her to open every pocket and zipper. But no, all the lady did was unzip the very front zipper and look inside. She never asked me to empty my pockets. Just told me to have a good night. I also know of 2 under aged girls that got in without their license's. The security did not care what people were doing. I saw a group of 6 cops go into the really hot building and walk right past a guy throwing up in a trash can. They are supposed to be there to help you. Then later I saw those same 6 cops holding the doors open of the extremely hot building. If they were going to sell 45 thousand tickets they should have been better prepared.

Keller506
Keller506

they sold 23,000. and those six cops were going to the scene of someone's death, so yeah they were looking out for you. oh and by the way cops aren't there to "help you" they aren't babysitters. they are here to enforce the law, and last time i checked someone throwing up in a trash can is not illegal.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I'll say it again, if this issue was a one-off loss of life, I would chalk this up to being a tragic accident. But seeing that this is the 2nd death in two years, not to mention all the other issues cropping up at the event, it raises a red flag.

Trust me, ive been to plenty of events indoor and out, everything about this sounds like it was poorly conceived and executed. Im talking more about this evening on my show..

http://deepellumonair.com/loos...

Keller506
Keller506

this was one of the best organized events i have seen. if this promoter scares you.... you have never seen their opponent's events. insomniac always throws a professional and safe party for everyone, but you can't force a person to be safe, only enable it.

Guinness
Guinness

145 people were treated for heat related illnesses during the DALLAS MAVERICKS PARADE last week!  At EDC 30 people out of 25,000 needed treatment.  Had the one kid not died for reasons still not known (did he have any preexisting conditions?  Asthma?) there would be very little to report.  Fair Park and the promoters did all they could to provide a safe environment.  The crowd was very respectful overall and there weren't any incidents or fights when the show was stopped early.  The crowd dispersed in a pretty orderly fashion for that many people.  The news wants to make the event out to be the villain.  Had the Fire Department not shut down one of the buildings early there wouldn't have been overcrowding in the next building.  They created the overcrowding and then wrote the promoters a ticket.  There was almost no "chaos" except people began to get a little confused as to why the shows were being shut down early.  Even then the crowd was pretty respectful to the staff working the event.

Roonski
Roonski

Thank you, someone actually makes a rational point.  People get so hyped up about an event where a person dies, without considering the overall statistics.  Did anyone recall that Andrew Graf's father reported that he had been feeling sick and probably should not have gone to the event?  So out of 23,000+ people on a 100 degree + day, at a dance party, one dies who was already sick and probably shouldn't have gone in the first place, and people are up in arms about "these druggie scum" and "ban the promoter."  As a result, tens of thousands of people, like myself and my wife, who celebrated our four year wedding anniversary at this event, would be denied the right to enjoy a certain type of music carnival.  We met many people while we were there, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, and acting responsibly.  The whole event was happy and peaceful, people were very generous and outgoing, and water was readily available for free.  Ask yourselves, should every sporting event in Dallas be banned because thousands of people drive home drunk from these events and some of them get in car accidents that injure or kill themselves and others?  Should the drunk drivers be held responsible?  Of course!  But should the Dallas Mavericks?  Should the Cowboys or the Rangers?  After all, these sporting events are only held so they can "laugh all the way to the bank" with their millions of dollar salaries.  Why don't we all just live in safe little prison cells while the streets are patrolled by police, we can all watch reruns of will and grace or *whatever*, and never do *anything* fun because someone mightcouldpotentially get hurt.  

Do y'all ever remember hearing about prohibition?  It increased the cost of alcohol, lowered the quality, and filled the pockets of dangerous gangsters.  Now, tax money from alcohol sales increases government revenues and alcohol-related crime has been reduced.  Ever hear about the War on Drugs?  It has increased the cost and decreased the quality of currently scheduled recreational drugs, filling the pockets of drug cartels, who manufacture product that is then passed 6, 7, 10++ times through unregulated hands, where it could be cut with, or replaced by any number of similar-looking substances, so by the time it gets to the hands of the consumer, they don't have any reliable idea of what it really is or how much to take.  End the War on Drugs like we ended prohibition, and we will get the same result.  Any of you who think otherwise, I would challenge you with a two-part question.  Do you currently use (cocaine, ecstacy, etc.)?  If it were legal tomorrow, would you feel an urge to start/stop using it?

 Kids can get in a lot of trouble because they do not know how to act responsibly with substances, and they are the most susceptible to harm from them, whether that substance is alcohol, marijuana, or whatever.  The War on Drugs is hopeless, because there is still a demand from the public for every substance that is currently sold legally or illegally.  The government could effectively save money, and end a huge amount of drug/gang related violence by making these substance regulated, so they could be manufactured and sold in uniform doses.  What if the only way to be allowed to purchase drugs was to be of adult age and all drugs would be properly labeled and dose levels explained, including lethal dose?  What if the seller was required by law to explain all the potential risks and side-effects of using a drug before selling it to you?  Do you think more young people (who are most prone and susceptible to drug abuse currently) would be harmed by drugs then?  How about you personally?  Ask yourselves, would you be more likely to try (cocaine, ecstasy  marijuana, etc.) then?  Would anyone you know?

If other drugs with the potential for abuse were treated the same way as alcohol, and allowed to be sold through regulated stores who check for ID to make sure purchases are of adult age, they would cost much less, quality would be consistent and only adults 21 and over would easily be able to get it (whereas now, currently illegal recreational drugs are readily available in every high school across the country).  It's harder now for kids to get alcohol than it is to get cocaine.  Parents need to take responsibility for their kids, and we need to regulate the drug industry, not outlaw it.

And we need to stop blaming good people like Insomniac Events who put on spectacular events and make life more enjoyable for hundreds of thousands of people for the actions of others, which were totally outside their control.

A tragic event
A tragic event

A sad day - loss of a 15 year old at a concert that should never have happened.  Rave concerts across the country have come under review as public safety hazards.  How many more young people have to die before City's hunger for $$$$, decide to not allow them to happen?   The folks running Fair Park are smart, hardworking individuals, but budget issues, funding requirements are driving booking decisions.  It will be interesting for the Observer to follow this story. 

Keller506
Keller506

19 years old. you make this sound like a battlefield. i'm sure that countless country/rap/metal concerts have had much worse medical issues than this organized event.

Angel
Angel

There is no way that the AC was running 100%. I was there, it ran very well for the first 6-7 hours, then around 11 pm it turned into sauna! There had to have been problems. Those doors were open all day long, but yet it didn't start to get hot in there until 11? Whatever.

Enrique De La Fuente
Enrique De La Fuente

Therein lies the problem - the doors where open all day. No AC unit will function properly with doors open all day.

scottindallas
scottindallas

That raises a great point; seems like the city could install double doors so that leaving them open isn't such an option.  That really shouldn't cost too dang much.  In fact, I bet the energy savings might actually amount to surprising off-set

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

Why blame Promoter for people using drugs at their event.I have attended events in public venues and smell weed being smoked.I am sorry a young man died , City and Promoters are not responsible in my opinion.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Betty Culbreath: Our Version Of The Town Nutter. You should be more concerned about D/FW because of all those dangerous "terrorists" who want to shoot viral videos after hours. BTW, dont you have a telephone or light pole you should be yelling at right about now??

Ben
Ben

How many people died at the Texas Jam all those years in the late 70s-early 80s? It was held at the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park, middle of the day, in July. Whatever drugs and alcohol were consumed at the Texas Jam were on an order of magnitude greater than this Electric Daisy Carnival. Mark that down.

Anyone recall a death out at the Cotton Bowl all those years?

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Ben, the "drugs" you saw at the Jam in the 70s and 80s is baby stuff compaired to what kids do today. Today these kids smoke stronger grass and drop harder acid/E/MDMA than was available only a few years ago. Take that + the heat + the fact the promoters oversold this event and it becomes a bad combo that was going to produce a tragedy. Seeing the promoters have had 2 deaths in 2 years, id expect some legal action to occur against the promoters and the city of Dallas, as these parents will more than likely lawyer up in this case..

Stephen Williams
Stephen Williams

The death of this 19 year old man is not the fault of Dallas or Insomniac Events. Both ensured that they place was air conditioned...had free water and was secure...the fact that 30 people had issues out of 20,000 marks only 0.1% of the population of the people that went there. Don't let slanted reports give you a bad impression of an event that 20,000 loved and enjoyed. It was calm, peaceful, and alot of fun...some people are just irresponsible...

as of now the cause of death is still unknown.

many deaths that occur from drugs occur from other complications.

Guest
Guest

dumb liar... or are you being paid by Insomniac?

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

But stephen, if it was just here, id call it a tragic accident. The LA incident last year raises some questions in my mind how these guys operate.

Ben
Ben

Texas Jam was before my time. I would have been a toddler back then. I was just wondering what the body count was for the Texas Jam. I understand that drugs for the most part are more enhanced now than they were back then and the body heat issues. Still though, the beating sun in the Cotton Bowl versus nighttime pseudo-indoor rave...what's worse? Are teens these days a bunch of pussies or what?

Texas Jam aka Texxas Jam from 1978, I think this is a WFAA storyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Clarissa
Clarissa

lmao last nyte was crazy but look im 17 ijux showed them my id sayin i was 18 and they were lyk okay lol but my bf got his scanned but he is 18 and they jux looked at him lyk he was dumb and let us in but my friends all got in without id or tickets :) or gettin searched ithink the sercurity were jux lettin females that were sexxy in haha but really last year 15 yr old od no she didnt its was do to hypotremia and idk y they change the age to 18 they could of at least sayd 17 imean look at it this way at 17 your old enough to get a job and move out your house and if you was to commite a crime you would be charge as an adult so really i think the age requirement should be 17+ plus od's happen everyday so pplz knw better look one more thing teenagers 15 -17 gett in to clubs every nyte lyk Club Rio Cclub Pure Club Cirque XTC and club Encore and more its so funny all u have to dew is pay like$10 extra N E Ways im finna go lol i talk to much haha got to get ready to go out tonight wooahhh (:

whackedupside
whackedupside

Betty Culbreath was at Electric Daisy?? Holy S!

Anonymous
Anonymous

WTF?  Is that English?  Are you even literate?

Nunya
Nunya

Our education system is seriously failing us.

Ljensen369
Ljensen369

right and they did a big budget cut in education

brandon
brandon

you must be the apple of your parents eyes.....do me a favor and go back and read this post of yours and say it honestley makes any since......lmao.......yea you need to be on drugs for sure.....kill the last 3 or 4 brain cells you have left.......fml....you are the kind of person who we experienced ravers would have go away.....

El juan Hubbard
El juan Hubbard

"All festival attendees went through a driver's license screening and search process which included searching attendees' bags as well as having people empty their pockets."...So, did they have to take off their shoes? Did attendees have to undergo a pat-down of any sort? Maybe a few narcotics canines? The possible ramifications of what this festival could bring should have been on the radar of local city officials. That place was filled with all kinds of filthy street drugs being pushed by the area scum. Some of whom might have hand a hand in the death of a young man having a little too much fun for his own inexperienced good...because it was right there in the middle of town.

ntrval
ntrval

you must work for the Dallas Morning News. no one was "pushing" anything. i was asked, politely declined, and i wasn't bothered again. & totally agree with scottindallas, you make a great argument for legalization.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Again, I want to thank you for making the clearest and strongest argument for drug legalization.  After all, though we have "beer wars" I prefer these ad campaigns to what Mexico is reduced to.

Guest
Guest

Drugs will not be legalized. I still think it would be good to legalize to them to make sure druggie scum like you will become extinct via natural selection. On the other hand... supporting all the disabled children of druggies after legalization and having nation degraded into a pile of welfare receipients... I say no.

Keller506
Keller506

what kind of conservative bigot family did you come from? no drugs were 'pushed', they were wanted. these are other people you are talking about not some low life 'scum' would you suggest a cavity search too?

Guest
Guest

Myself I'm actually a liberal... but there's a limit to everything, and drug parties must stop. Drug dogs must be at the entrance at all times too.

laura
laura

This event should have been outside. Having it indoors was a mistake, in my opinion. 

Aspen
Aspen

Completely agree! We didn't have problems like that at Nocturnal, and it was outside from 4pm-4am for two days. Granted, it was at the end of April and the scorching Texas weather hadn't quite swept in yet, but still. And I believe someone above mentioned that they needed more than one water re-filling station.... YES!

Gus mitc
Gus mitc

Back in my day That was considered a good party, so you lost a few along the way. It's a miracle as many of us made it as we did.

Now parents want to sue because no way was their kid the wild one out there taking chances, besides that 19 is not a kid

El juan Hubbard
El juan Hubbard

Lol, you peeps make me laugh, thinking the argument here is "how" you take your fancy rave chemicals. Most of the people that take any sorts of street drugs have absolutely no idea what is in the pills they are taking. And most likely, neither do the people who sell it to them, as they are the 5th or 6th person down the line. And the people that make those drugs are just "so concerned" about your welfare that you have nothing to worry about, Lol. You are only putting some unknown chemicals concocted by some loser creeps that are just wanting to make enough money to hit the gentlemen's club later on. What a bunch of tools.

scottindallas
scottindallas

remarkable that the quality is so high and so consistent isn't it?  That's the beauty and power of the free market.  But, you make a good point.  A drug war drove the potency of heroine up to remarkable highs in the late 90's.  That pure heroine was responsible for a number of overdoses back then.  Clearly, legalizing these things is the most prudent course of action. 

Guest
Guest

So that druggies like you can be high all day polluting the street laying around homeless puking on yourself? Sorry, no drug legalization.

El juan Hubbard
El juan Hubbard

How many tools are there in this story? Texas promoters and Dallas City Official are the biggest tools for letting some nest of rats from that are banned in California, to come spread their slimy grime over this way, only to leave with millions in revenue, laughing all the way to the bank, and leaving the tools that live here picking up the young, innocent victims. Most of which probably had little experience at these festivals, whether they were of adult age or not. That weakling little excuse has zero merit when people are dying and being rushed to the hospital in critical condition. This story is filth, and so was that party. What a bunch of tools. Great job, tools!

Coleman
Coleman

get off the internet, grampa

Keller506
Keller506

you are an idiot, get your jaded bullshit out of here. if you don't like the party then shut the fuck up, otherwise i'd like to see you throw something better. this isn't a fucking war zone you tool, it's a party. shit happens, insomniac is not responsible for educating stupid people.

scottindallas
scottindallas

I don't know.  If I were having a party, and armed with a double helping of hindsight, I think I might just factor in the cost of two bottles of Gatorade per person--hell maybe get a sponsorship deal--and basically force every patron to drink a bottle ever couple of hours.  Just thinking lemon-lime gatorade with a splash of Tequila and Gran Mariner might not be too bad, especially with a dash of salt--the Hydrita

Jaguarcx021
Jaguarcx021

Why do ppl complain about. That's they weren't searching 100 percent they aren't their to babysit u .... so ur ganna take drugs in there and expect nothing bad to happen to u .. really its not their responsibility its a fucken rave ...if u don't like how they run it then simply don't attent that's y they made it 18 and over ..... we r all adults ..be responsible for ur own actions

scottindallas
scottindallas

Missing from all the comments thus far is the suggestion that they might have dosed before even entering.  Considering X has a fair lag time, that's in fact likely--probably dosed just before getting out of the car, as they finished their beers off.  I mean, these things don't really change do they?

guest
guest

Anybody see the fight at cosmic meadow?  I helped break it up, but I dont know what started it.  Some girl was hit on the side of her head during the two guys swinging and then she started taking their pics yelling she was going to sue them!  lol... I do feel sorry for her though cause she must have taken a hard punch to get swelling like that so fast

Newb
Newb

Watch out for the bad acid . . . 

Bandofbrozefs
Bandofbrozefs

Personal responsibility. That's it. He was an adult, not a child.

Anon
Anon

We got in through an open, unchecked door in the back of one of the buildings. Pretty easy to sneak in last night. 

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