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Electric Daisy Carnival Death in Dallas Prompts Vegas Official to Call For Reevaluation of Policies Related to Rave's Move to Sin City

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Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 8:03 AM

click to enlarge Dallas raver Andrew Graf died at EDC -- the second teen to do so in a year. - WFAA.COM
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  • Dallas raver Andrew Graf died at EDC -- the second teen to do so in a year.
At least one Las Vegas official says "policies and procedures" related to an L.A. promoter's controversial rave in that city next weekend will be "reevaluated" following the death of a teenager at the Dallas edition of the party over the weekend.

Andrew Graf, 19, died at Electric Daisy Carnival Saturday night/Sunday morning, and reports indicate that another raver was in critical condition following the party, which some officials and reports described as "chaotic."

It's the same event that saw the subsequent ecstasy overdose death of 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez in L.A. nearly one year ago.

That death put public officials who control the taxpayer owned L.A. Coliseum, where the rave was held, on notice, and EDC ultimately relocated to Vegas for a three-day event June 24.

While Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman was gung-ho about the event, saying it was L.A.'s loss, Clark County commissioner Steve Sisolak told Vegas station ABC 13 that the Dallas death warrants a review of policies regarding the rave:

As a result of what happened in Dallas. It's going to cause a reevaluation of all the policies and procedures that were anticipated coming to Las Vegas ... Anytime you bring a hundred to a hundred fifty thousand people in it's going have an economic impact, but there's no economic impact that offsets the loss of a life.

In Dallas high temperatures were reported, and as many as 30 people were reportedly hospitalized.

Ecstasy and high temps don't seem to mix and can lead to overheated partygoers -- and worse. The Vegas party is slated to start at 8 p.m. -- well after the heat of the day.

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