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Buenos Aires Bans Large Dance Music Festivals After Time Warp Deaths

Time Warp 2015
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Time Warp USA at a Brooklyn warehouse on November 28-29, 2014.

The government of Argentina’s capital has stopped issuing permits for major electronic music festivals in response to the death of five people who overdosed at a party.

The Buenos Aires mayor, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, said the measure would remain in effect until the city legislature approved a law to prevent drug abuse during such events.

Authorities have said five people died of drug overdoses during the Time Warp festival on April 15. Another four were taken to hospital critically ill.

5 Die After Time Warp Electronic Music Festival in Argentina

Witnesses said that festival-goers were often offered designer drugs including ecstasy pills, doses of LSD, marijuana, poppers and cocaine. Five people have been arrested.

Time Warp began in Germany in 1994 and was being held in Buenos Aires for the third year.