Bonnaroo 2019 day one: Over 100 citations and drug-related arrests

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Law enforcement at Bonnaroo have issued at least 100 citations and made at least four arrests since the festival opened the gates to its grounds on Wednesday, officials said.

But so far, officials said Friday morning, no major arrests, fire or medical calls have been reported at Great Stage Park and no fentanyl-laced drugs have been spotted.

Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Billy Butler said the citations were mostly for minor drug offenses. About 40 of those citations were made while attendees made their way into the venue, he said. 

In a statement released this week, Bonnaroo organizers said entry-related searches have increased on The Farm this year.

“We have several enhanced security measures in place this year, including expanded car searches and canine patrols. We are hopeful that our patrons will appreciate these security measures and have patience with the inevitable inconveniences.”

4 arrested for intoxication, possession

Authorities arrested four people for charges including public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance.

“We’re not seeing any fentanyl that we can tell,” Butler said. “Of course we’ll send some of it off to the lab for testing.”

Authorities also made a fifth arrest but it was unrelated to Bonnaroo, both Butler and Bonnaroo organizers said.

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Manchester police charged a man for possessing explosive devices after two pipe bombs were found in the city this week. Justin McCart, 29, of Shelton Road in Manchester was arrested late Wednesday night in connection to the Wednesday morning incident on Walker Street.

No reported fatalities

As of Friday morning, no festival-related fatalities had been reported, authorities on the ground said. 

But more than a dozen people at the four-day festival had been transported to hospitals by ambulance and at least one had been taken by medical helicopter.

Coffee County EMS Director Michael Bonner said the person lifted by helicopter suffered a head injury but was conscious when transported.

The ground transports were for typical medical calls including a possible ankle fracture, muscle sprains and one complaint of chest pain, Bonner said.

Also Friday morning, no major fire-related incidents had been reported, Bonnaroo fire authorities said.

About 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, crews responded to a false report of a carbon monoxide leak in a Bonnaroo staff worker shower house, which was evacuated.

“The batteries in the carbon monoxide detector had corroded and set off an alarm,” Bonnaroo fire spokesman Brandon Dunn said.

Maintenance installed new ones, Dunn said, to rectify the situation.

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Sold out shows

Bonnaroo announced late Wednesday night that the festival is sold out.

Earlier in the week organizers confirmed the festival was sure to sell out. With 80,000 attendees, it’s the festival’s first sellout since 2013, when Beatles great Paul McCartney headlined.

This year’s Bonnaroo, which runs through Sunday, is headlined by Phish, Childish Gambino and Post Malone, but co-founder Ashley Capps said the festival was seeing an uptick in sales before the lineup was even announced.

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