Two people died over the weekend under unspecified circumstances at the Nocturnal Wonderland electronic dance music festival at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in Devore, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday, Sept. 22.
The Sheriff’s Department would not say precisely when the people died or when or how they were discovered. The silence left it unclear whether the people became ill or were injured near the stages or in the camping area. The coroner’s website, which has not been updated in September, does not list the names of the two people.
The deaths are under investigation, the department said. No arrests in those cases were announced.
Some 70,000 people attended the four-day festival, the department said in a news release.
Deputies made arrests for being drunk in public, spousal abuse, rape, petty theft and domestic battery, the release said. Eight citations were written for being a minor in possession of alcohol and one person was cited for possession of illegal drugs. Eleven people were hospitalized for treatment of various illnesses or injuries.
Ticket buyers are told on the event website that illegal drugs are prohibited and that they are consenting to a “thorough, TSA-style search, including emptying your pockets and bags, having all of your items examined, a full pat-down, and possibly removing your shoes.”
A message was left with concert promoter Insomniacs seeking comment.
The first Nocturnal Wonderland was held in Los Angeles in 1995. Since then, it moved around to San Bernardino and Indio before landing in Devore in 2013.
The Sheriff’s Department asked anyone with information on the deaths to call 909-387-3545. Anonymous tips may be left on the WeTip hotline at 800-782-7463 or the website at wetip.com.