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Tempe Could Change Event Rules After Injuries At Summer Ends Music Festival

Summer Ends Music Festival
(Photo courtesy of Stephanie Studwell)
The crowd at the Summer Ends Music Festival at Tempe Beach Park on Saturday afternoon.

Tempe city officials are discussing possible changes to safety regulations at special events following a number of incidents at the Summer Ends Music Festival over the weekend at Tempe Beach Park.

In a statement released Sunday, Tempe police said 16 people were injured and taken to the hospital. About 300 more of the 28,000 concertgoers were treated at the show Saturday, the third night of the four-day festival.

Officials attribute the incidents to high temperatures, a packed crowd and some alcohol use.

Tempe spokeswoman Nikki Ripley said the city manager's office and police and fire departments are looking at all of those factors.

"This weekend’s event will be analyzed extensively," Ripley said. "The adjustments that were made between Saturday and Sunday’s event, including the addition of more water, bringing in misters. It’s reasonable to assume that may become kind of a standard issue for future events."

Police said Sunday’s crowd was less than half the size of Saturday’s and only minor incidents were reported.

Karla Liriano is a junior at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication studying broadcast journalism with a minor in political science and a certificate in international studies. She was born in the Dominican Republic and has lived in New York and Pennsylvania.