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NJ Town Rethinks Music Fest After 42 Arrested

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    The future of the Electric Adventure music show in Seaside Heights is in doubt after a weekend that included 42 arrests, mostly on drug charges, 34 drug overdoses, and a handful of fights. Brian Thompson reports. (Published Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014)

    The future of an electronic dance music festival on a Jersey shore beach is in doubt after a weekend that included dozens of drug arrests and overdoses and a handful of fights.

    Forty-two people were arrested and 34 people were treated for drug overdoses at the two-day Electric Adventure music festival in Seaside Heights.

    Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato "is taking a hard look at the value of this type of event," according to spokesman Al Della Fave.

    "It isn't something we're happy with," Della Fave said.

    Mayor Bill Akers also says he will oppose a similar concert returning to Seaside Heights.

    Authorities said they had planned in advance for the estimated 6,000 attendees but did not expect the level of drug use they found.

    On its website, the festival said that the use of drugs was strictly forbidden, and organizers warned that concertgoers caught with illegal substances would be barred from future festivals.

    One concertgoer, 21-year-old Paul Boci of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, said that his security patdown wasn't as thorough as he thought it should have been.

    He said the mostly teenage crowd was "partying like adults."

    "(They were) throwing up, drinking, getting hammered," he said.

    This was the festival's first appearance in Seaside Heights, after two years at Six Flags in Jackson.