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More than 90 people were hospitalized during a Chance the Rapper show


More than 90 people were hospitalized Friday during a concert headlined by Chance the Rapper in Connecticut, authorities said.

Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley said most of the patients were underage concertgoers who were suffering from "severe intoxication." Officers made 50 underage drinking referrals at the Hot 93.7's Hot Jam concert at Xfinity Theatre.

On Friday, Foley tweeted, "Parents: Did you drop your teen off at the concert tonight. This is what it looks like. & HPD is enforcing underage drinking in the lots."

Foley told the Hartford Courant that the number of people taken to the hospital Friday was more than average for a concert in the area.

"A 'typical' concert is around 20-30 transports. 60 would be very bad. We had 70 once and 90 last night," Foley told the newspaper.

In fact, there were so many patients, Hartford Fire Capt. Raul Ortiz explained that some had to taken to hospitals in Farmington, Manchester and New Britain.

One of the patients was a 19-year-old who had a blood-alcohol content of nearly 0.5, which is eight times the legal limit. That patient was admitted to the intensive care unit at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford for close monitoring.

About 21,000 people attended Friday's concert.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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