Thousands Flock Downtown LA For New Year’s Rave

Estimated 26,000 attend Sports Arena event

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — A huge New Year’s Eve rave drew thousands of people to the Los Angeles Sports Arena, along with a strong police presence.

City New Service reports that paramedics treated about dozen people for possible drug or alcohol overdoses early Saturday and several others were arrested on suspicion of drug possessing.

The Los Angeles Times says more than 26,000 people turned out for the annual electronic music festival Together As One.

Promoters say the rave started admitting people at 5 p.m. Friday and ended at 2 a.m. Saturday.

Raves were banned at the arena and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in June after the overdose death of a 15-year-old girl.

Coliseum commissioners voted to lift the ban in November.

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