An Avicii concert quickly turned into a mass casualty event in Boston Wednesday. Luckily none of the injuries were life-threatening, but the combination of heat, alcohol and drugs sent at least 22 people to area hospitals.
Most of the ill concert goers were between the ages of 16 and 19. Tufts Medical Center reported receiving at least nine patients, while MA General admitted 13 patients. Heat and alcohol were pointed to as the main cause for the number of treated, but signs of ecstasy use were apparent among the injured.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing some concertgoers strapped to stretchers screaming and flailing about. Outside of the concertgoers treated at the hospital, officials reported that they treated dozens more onsite. The police designated the emergency as a mass casualty event due to the number of people involved.
The hospitalizations are part of a disturbing trend where EDM concerts send dozens to the hospital due to the mixing of drugs and alcohol. 30 people at an Avicii concert in Toronto had to be hospitalized for the same reason.
Drug overdose deaths from Molly are also on rise at the rave concerts. Three concert deaths last year have been tied to Molly use, two at the Electric Zoo Festival and one at the ZED Concert at Boston’s House of Blues.
Tim Bergling, known as Avicii, tweeted out his condolences to those impacted at his concert.
Just hearing the awful news abt tonight. Its a terrible thing, I rly hope everyone is ok! My thoughts go to those affected & their families.
— Tim Bergling (@Avicii) June 26, 2014
It’s obviously not his fault, and should be a wakeup call for people attending the concerts to watch out for one another.