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EDC to Draw Thousands of People to Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- Crowds are making their way into the Las Vegas valley for the three-day Electric Daisy Carnival. It's a dawn-to-dusk party expected to attract 100,000 people each night to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Police and organizers say people should be patient and careful because traffic will be heavy. All 115,000 tickets are sold out for the electronic dance music event Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights into Monday morning.

Police and medical personnel say they're ready for the onslaught of event attendees and working to keep the party under control.

"It's like our typical bigger events, except bigger. It's going to be the biggest one we work," said Jacob Stamer, an EMT with MedicWest Ambulance. "We're preparing all of our basic life support, intermediate life support, advanced life support equipment whatever we need along the way.

Around 115,000 people are expected to attend the event each night. Last year, nearly 500 medical calls went out from the concert, most for dehydration. The most serious call involved one man getting hit and killed by a vehicle after leaving the concert.

Metro Police spokesperson Jose Hernandez says there will be a strong police presence. Last year, police made 53 arrests made involving narcotics.

"Monitoring any underage drinking that may be happening. We will absolutely be looking for any narcotics," Hernandez said. "Really our concern is the health issues."

Those attending the EDC are strongly advised to keep hydrated. There will be hydration stations at the speedway and cooling off areas for people who get overheated.

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