LA County calls for ban on music festivals after two suspected drug overdoses at HARD Summer
After the tragic passing of two teenage women at the Pomona fairgrounds for HARD Summer over the weekend, Los Angeles County officials are calling for a ban on large scale music festivals. LA County’s Supervisor, Hilda Solis, plans to introduce a motion at Tuesday’s meeting banning all major music festivals on county property pending an investigation into the suspected drug overdoses. Solis states, “I am deeply troubled by the fact that this is the third such death to happen in my district in the last year and a half. No one – no one should have to lose their life while attending a public concert.”
While county attorneys investigate whether event promoters followed all contractual legalities to ensure the safety of its patrons, HARD Summer says all police and medical authorities “responded immediately” and issued this statement: “Unfortunately, both patrons have passed away. The cause of death is still under investigation. We extend our deepest sympathies to their family and friends.”
One of the women, 18, has been identified as Tracy Nguyen of West Covina, California, and the 19-year-old woman’s identity is being withheld pending family notification.
County attorney Mary Wickman is aware of another HARD event happening on September 10, “HARD Presents… A Night at Fairplex,” saying “We believe there is another event similar to this one scheduled at the Fairplex in September. That’s a fact that matters to us and we will be operating on a time table to address those issues prior to that date.”
Via: KTTV My Fox LA