An Avicii concert in Boston on Wednesday turned into a medical nightmare after more than 50 people were taken ill during the show. It is believed that drugs and alcohol may have been the main cause of the problem.
After a level 2 mass-casualty incident was declared at the TD Garden arena in Boston, 36 concertgoers were taken to nearby hospitals, while the rest were attended to on-site by medics. Most of the affected individuals were youngsters between the ages of 16 and 25 who were mainly released to their parents once treated.
Witnesses on the scene claimed people looked sick even before the concert began, while others felt overwhelmed during the show. "You couldn't breathe if you were on the floor. It was the best and worst time ever," 19-year-old Mike Santostefano told The Boston Globe.
Claiming that patients suffered largely from drug and alcohol issues, authorities added that it is unclear at this time if Molly was a factor in the massive crowd illness.
"There may have been some illicit drug involved, but none have been identified," deputy superintendent for Boston EMS, Michael Bosse, told the Globe.
Meanwhile, Avicii, the Swedish DJ whose real name is Tim Bergling, addressed the incident on Twitter, offering his best wishes for those affected. "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," he wrote.
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
Apparently, this wasn't the first time a mass amount of medical issues occurred during an Avicii concert. Just last month, 29 people were taken to hospitals in Toronto for illnesses resulting from drug and alcohol during his show in that city.
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