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8 people taken to hospital from Tacoma Dome paint party

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on May 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
May 22, 2013 9:44 pm

Tacoma Fire conducted 30 medical evaluations at Saturday night’s Life in Color event at the Tacoma Dome, the local stop of the electronic music tour dubbed “the world’s largest paint party” on its promotion website.

Eight of those patients were taken to hospitals; three were advanced life support patients and five were basic life support, according to Tacoma Fire.

Both Tacoma Fire and Tacoma Dome general manager Rob Henson said federal privacy laws prevent them from releasing and/or obtaining information about the conditions of the patients, but Henson said dehydration was a primary concern.

Water was handed out at the venue and Tacoma Fire medics were on hand as a precaution throughout, he said.

“You always have dehydration problems when you’re dancing for six, eight hours straight,” he said. “Everybody just had a good time and behaved themselves. These are great kids.”

The event included dance music DJs, aerial acts, stilt-walkers, contortionists and fire shows, according to its website.

About 10,500 people attended.

“Life in Color was a unique event that included thousands of people engaged in high-energy dancing activities over an extended period of time,” Tacoma Fire medical service officer Mike Newhouse said in a statement Wednesday. ”Tacoma Fire Department paramedics assessed and transported more patients from the Life in Color event than at a typical concert.”

Henson called the event a success thanks to emergency crews, and said the venue will have similar shows in the future.

“Every event we do, we always try to do better and make improvements along the way, and we will look forward to hosting more of these events,” Henson said.

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