So many people were treated for alcohol-related illnesses at a Keith Urban concert Saturday night that fire officials in Mansfield, Massachusetts, declared a "mass casualty incident" at Xfinity Center, located about 30 miles south of Boston.
The Mansfield Sun Chronicle
/Associated Press reports officials placed more than 50 people in protective custody, made several alcohol-related arrests and treated 46 people for alcohol-related illnesses during the concert. Emergency workers from six nearby towns sent ambulances to the show.
The chaotic scene at the venue led officials to declare a "mass casualty incident" just before 9 p.m. due to the number of people becoming ill in a short span of time. A mass casualty incident "typically indicates a large number of people with potential illnesses or injuries," the Chronicle reports.
In a joint press release from the Mansfield police and fire departments released Sunday morning, officials said the country music concert swamped the venue with a higher-than-expected number of problems. “Last evening’s Keith Urban concert was not anticipated to present with the volume of issues handled, but measures were in place to provide appropriate and adequate care and protection to all patrons,” said Fire Chief Neal Boldrighini and Police Chief Ronald Sellon in the statement.
Jay Anderson, marketing and public relations manager at Live Nation, which owns and operates the Xfinity Center, emailed a statement to The Sun Chronicle Sunday night. “Last night we hosted more than 18,000 country music fans in Mansfield," the statement read. "Our team works hard to offer a great concert experience for fans and an overwhelming majority of fans enjoyed the concert. There were approximately 20 people that were transported to the local hospital, mostly with non-serious, alcohol-related symptoms."