Update 6/26, 9:41 AM: According to the Boston Globe, 36 people were transported from the Avicii concert at TD Garden and treated for alcohol and drug-related concerns, and another 50 people were treated by medical staff on site. There were no fatalities, but the Globe reports that conditions inside the venue were particularly intense.
According to one concertgoer, “you couldn’t breathe if you were on the floor… it was the best and worst time ever.” Another stated “it was just too crazy in there.”
People speculate that alcohol and molly, combined with claustrophobic conditions, were the culprits. According to police Chief William Gross, “we’ve seen this type of behavior, alcohol, abuse of other drugs, before.”
Reports are currently emerging out of Boston that a level two mass casualty incident has been declared at tonight’s Avicii show at TD Bank Garden. Many ambulances were called to TD Garden after two concertgoers were rushed to the hospital. According to a report released by Metro.us Boston, a spokeswoman for the Boston EMS confirmed at 10:00pm that there is a potential for more patients to be transported. She would not comment on the reason for the patients’ transports or how many more potential patients area hospitals should expect. Boston police have yet to issue a statement.
Just for the record, a mass casualty incident is defined as “any incident in which emergency medical services resources, such as personnel and equipment, are overwhelmed by the number and severity of casualties.” (Via Wikipedia)
Stories about the event from local sources seem to be conflicting. The Boston Herald is reporting that 22 people have been transported and 12 more are currently being evaluated. WBZ Boston News is saying that 36 people were transported to hospitals, and another 50 were treated at the venue itself.
Either way, Twitter is aglow with pictures of rushing ambulances and concerned fans. Stay safe friends, we’ll keep you updated as soon as we have more information.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) June 26, 2014
— WBZ Boston News (@cbsboston) June 26, 2014
-Marisa Frydman (@musicalmarisa)