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13 taken to hospital during Tacoma FreakNight event

Roughly a dozen people went to the hospital Friday and Saturday evenings during the FreakNight electronic dance show at the Tacoma Dome.

Tacoma Fire evaluated 107 patients Saturday night, nine of whom were taken to the hospital, spokesman Joe Meinecke said.

“Alcohol or possibly drug use seemed to have contributed to the majority of those transports,” he said.

Crews took seven to the hospital in stable condition, and the other two were in more serious condition.

Four went to the hospital Friday night: two in serious condition.

Meinecke declined to say whether any of the injuries were life-threatening, due to federal privacy laws, but the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office said Sunday that none of the 13 taken to the hospital had died.

“Our report from our security and safety teams says the event went really well,” said Alex Fryer, spokesman for promoter USC Events. “I think it was a really good show all the way around.”

They increased safety measures this year. The second night of the electronic dance show was canceled in 2014 at the WaMu Theater in Seattle after a 20-year-old man died from overdosing on Molly, a type of ecstasy. Hospital transport was required for 16 others.

The company should decide in the next couple months where next year’s FreakNight will be, Fryer said.

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