LOS ANGELES – At least 17 people were hospitalized and more than two dozen arrested during a New Year’s Eve rave at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
The annual Together as One electronic music party drew about 45,000 revelers to ring in the new year at an event that lasted until 2 a.m., according to the event promoter.
New safety measures were in place this year, including an 18-and-over age requirement and “amnesty boxes” where revelers could deposit illegal drugs before being searched. Hundreds of police and dozens of fire and emergency personnel were there.
Los Angeles Fire Department personnel treated 62 partygoers for a “broad spectrum between injury and illness” and took 17 to hospitals, Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.
Humphrey said there had been no reports of fatalities but could not give an assessment of the condition of those hospitalized.
Los Angeles police reported 25 total arrests at the event, the majority of them narcotics-related.
After attending last year’s party, a 24-year-old man died of a drug overdose and 18 people were hospitalized.