About 15,000 people were sent home early from a star-studded hip-hop concert in Irvine, Calif., after a fight broke out and spilled onto the main stage, police said.

About 15,000 people were sent home early from a star-studded hip-hop concert in Irvine, Calif., after a fight broke out and spilled onto the main stage, police said. KKBT-FM's The Beat Summer Jam 2002 concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater started at about noon yesterday (Aug. 11) and ended after the brawl erupted during LL Cool J's set at about 7:30 p.m., said Lt. Al Muir of the Irvine Police Department.

Security officers at the event were overwhelmed by the fighting and called for help, Muir said. Officers from six nearby police agencies and Orange County Sheriff's deputies responded to the site and by 9 p.m. had evacuated the concert grounds and parking lot, Muir said.

Three people suffered minor injuries and one person was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, officials said. No arrests were made as a result of the fight.

Ja Rule and Nelly were scheduled to headline but never took the stage.


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