Tuesday, June 01, 2010

death and ecstasy cloud san francisco event

One man died and six other people were hospitalized in critical condition following a capacity rave at the Cow Palace in San Francisco over the holiday weekend.

According to the Bay Citizen -- in an account that has the ring of truth -- it's likely that ecstasy, overheated conditions and packed crowds contributed to the situation.

There's no conclusive evidence that ecstasy caused the Sunday death of 23-year-old Anthony Mata, but there are no links, besides rumors and ecstasy, between the victim and the other ravers who were hospitalized.

Authorities say the sources of ecstasy for all those who fell ill were not the same, and that a rumor that someone was poking people with a syringe filled with who-knows-what is not true.

The Cow Palace was packed with 16,000 people on Saturday for an event called Pop 2010: The Dream, which advertised Armin Van Buuren, Infected Mushroom, Benny Benassi, Boys Noize, Steve Aoki, LA Riots as talent.

A flier states that those "16 plus" were welcome, but the event was only scheduled until 2 a.m.

"The event itself was filled to capacity," a source told the paper. "It was hot in there. People have different tolerances. There could have been people [for whom] this was their first event, they took different dosages, different potencies. We don’t know if people knew what they were getting into."

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