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Fire, police respond to Mullins Center during EDM concert

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Zedd’s "True Colors" Tour at The Mullins Center started around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night. 

Amherst Fire officials tell Western Mass News that they will have two ambulances and a triage team at the concert.

"It gets really crazy, really fast. There's no easy way to contain this kind of stuff," said Roy Jackman, Freshman at UMass Amherst. "It's college. People are going to get drunk. They're going to do stuff before the concert and after the concert and then you're going to have our friends in blue try to contain them and it's 40 people vs. 400 people who are gone."

Fire Chief Tim Nelson says they expect to see around 20 - 25 students and take 5 - 7 to the hospital.

"They take too many drugs. They drink too much. They even do it at the same time and then pass out and go to the hospital," said Daniel Hodgkins, Sophomore at UMass Amherst. 

Some students that Western Mass News spoke with, say they're used to it. 

"They get kind of crazy. I hear there's like a lot of ambulances that show up prepared. People do pot, marijuana, weed, cocaine and ecstasy. Everyone's on drugs," said Jack Aldrich, Sophomore at UMass Amherst. 

Aldrich says he doesn't believe it puts the school in a bad light. 

"The Mullins Center isn't technically owned by UMass. So if people know that, I think it's fine," said Aldrich.

As for the students that go to the hospital, they’re services are paid for by the producer of the show.

Just three weeks ago, the Mullins Center hosted another "Life In Color" electronic dance music concert. More than two dozen college-aged men and women were seen by medical personal. Ten of them were transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for treatment. 

UMass Amherst pays the town $80,000 to help with the cost of these types of events. 

Stay with Western Mass News for the latest developments. 

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