The centre held...this time.
Original Post (All day/night Saturday reverse chronological order):
11:15 PM AFD responding to UMass Washington high rise dorm for ETOH female
10:22 PM AFD sending ambulance to Mullins Center for two ETOH patients (passed out drunk). Westfield Ambulance hired by Mullins Center was busy taking another ETOH patient to Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
State Police, Hampden County Sheriffs, and the APD, prepare for darkness
7:15 PM Extravaganja 2012 Pot Rally is done. No arrests (as in hands cuffed behind back and thrown in cell), but thirty (30) citations issued for possession of less than an ounce of pot. Each citation is a $100 fine. Now the real partying begins, with alcohol the drug of choice. And by the looks of the parking lot at APD headquarters, they are ready for anything.
AFD APD respond to reported drug overdose (4:10 PM). Gone on arrival
Town Common Extravaganja 10:00 AM (2 hours until start)
And so it begins...like a Hollywood disaster movie: sun shining brightly, a vivid blue sky, a bird chirping incessantly from a far off perch.
All across the region folks are starting to stir. Soon, many thousands will descend upon us: SoccerFest at UMass, Extravaganja pot festival on the town common.
By daylight things will be fine. They always are. Although a thousand students will start to party.
Then darkness comes. More--much more--than a thousand students continue to party. The Mullins Center opens for "Fantazia," a techno dance extravaganza attracting thousands more, who revel in partying.
The stage is set.
Bus route detours to mitigate parties