-- Dozens of people were hospitalized amid blazing temperatures during an electronic dance music festival in Florida, despite efforts by organizers to keep people cool and hydrated.
An additional 65 people were treated on site Saturday, he said. Those who were taken to hospitals were treated for non-life-threatening issues, including dehydration and intoxication, he added.
The Tampa Fire Rescue Department is awaiting final numbers of those hospitalized on Sunday.
The Sunset Music Festival “maintains and strictly enforces a zero-tolerance policy towards illegal drugs,” organizers told ABC News.
“Protecting the health, safety and welfare of our fans and our community is Sunset Music Festival’s top priority,” the festival’s promoter John Santoro said in a statement Monday. “Our increased security measures kept fans safe; additional medical personnel and hydration strategies kept fans healthy. While any medical incidents are unfortunate, we are pleased that all medical incidents at this year’s festival were non-life-threatening and consistent with medical incidents typical to large events.”
This year, organizers offered free water bottles and set up water stations, canopies and a cooling area at the event, which more than 50,000 people were expected to attend. There were increased security measures, including more police officers, both uniformed and undercover, as well as police dogs. The additions were made after two people died last year from apparent overdoses and dozens of others were hospitalized, according to ABC affiliate WFTS in Tampa.
There were 30 felony arrests and 16 misdemeanor arrests at the festival, Tampa Police Department public information officer Stephen Hegarty told ABC News.
That’s 13 more arrests than last year, WFTS reported.
But there were no major criminal incidents on either day of the festival, Hegarty said.
Festival organizers told ABC News that there were more arrests this year because the event enforced a zero-tolerance policy.
The lineup for this year’s Sunset Music Festival included electronic musical trios Major Lazer and Above & Beyond.
“Obviously, this is a rave scene, but not everybody does drugs,” Rashad Arjomand, who attended the festival, told WFTS. “Some of us like to come out here and party.”