Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Two die from overdoses and 83 arrested at New Jersey Ozzfest

Two men died and more than 80 were arrested at the latest leg of the Ozzfest in America last week, it has been confirmed.

The Holmdel, New Jersey leg of the annual travelling hard rock tour was beset by problems, with police looking to clamp down on underage drinking.

Both deaths have been attributed to excessive consumption of alcohol, alongside the use of cocaine and marijuana, at the PNC Bank Arts Center venue.

Raymond Guarino, 26 and Patrick Norris, 24, suffered heart attacks and were pronounced dead on arrival at the Bayshore Medical Center, after collapsing at Thursday's event.

The efforts of law enforcement officers to clamp down on illegal alcohol abuse prompted a booze ban in the car park, leading to 83 arrests, as promoters Live Nation explained.

They said: "Although we do not have jurisdiction over the parking lot, we fully support the decision of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and State Police to ban alcohol on the parking lot premises."

Ozzy Osbourne, Lamb Of God, Lordi and Static-X are amongst the performers on Ozzfest 2007.



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