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EDC Night 2: Another 135,000 attendees; record number of felony arrests; pyrotechnics fire

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One of many couples are wed in a chapel during the second night of the Electric Daisy Carnival on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Updated Monday, June 20, 2016 | 1:21 a.m.

2016 EDC: Night 2 at LVMS

DJ Armin Van Buuren and Insomniac CEO and founder Pasquale Rotella attend Night 2 of the Electric Daisy Carnival on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Insomniac oversees the EDC festivals. Launch slideshow »

2016 EDC: Night 2

Thousands of festival goers crowd around the Cosmic Meadow stage during the second night of the Electric Daisy Carnival on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Launch slideshow »

2016 EDC: Night 1

Colorful characters greet attendees during the first night of the Electric Daisy Carnival on Friday, June 17, 2016, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Launch slideshow »

2016 EDC: Night 1 at LVMS

Night 1 of the Electric Daisy Carnival on Friday, June 17, 2016, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Launch slideshow »

With more than 135,000 attendees at Night 2 of the Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Metro Police tallied a new record for single-day felony arrests at the festival, arresting 39 festivalgoers for drug-related crimes Saturday night.

“It’s hard to speak on individual cases, but, yes, it did happen to be a big night for narcotics-related arrests,” Metro spokesman Officer Jesse Roybal said.

The previous carnival record was set on the last day of last year’s EDC, when 31 festivalgoers were booked with felony narcotics crimes.

Roybal said Saturday’s high number may also have come as a result of having more undercover officers on duty than usual.

Police also made one misdemeanor arrest and gave out two misdemeanor citations, according to a news release. After issuing six DUI arrests Friday, no DUIs were given out Saturday.

Authorities reported 212 medical calls Saturday, and 12 people were transported off-site to local hospitals. That’s compared to 193 medical calls Friday, when only five people were transported.

There were three traffic crashes in the area around Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and for the second consecutive day, no carnival-related fatalities were reported.

Thirty-four people were removed from EDC on Saturday, according to Insomniac Productions, a Los Angeles-based company who owns and operates EDC. An Insomniac representative was not available for comment.

Just after 2:50 a.m. today, a fire broke out at the carnival after a pyrotechnic device failed to operate properly and ignited parts of a stage and surrounding speakers, according to Clark County Fire Department.

Stage employees were unable to extinguish the blaze, and one employee received minor burn injuries, according to department spokesman Greg Cassell.

Standby crews from the Fire Department were able to get the fire under control and prevent it from spreading to other areas of the stage, Cassell said.

The fire at the Bass Pod stage was caused by a propane-fueled stage prop that malfunctioned, Cassell said. Social media videos showed that the incident occurred during a set by British DJ Andy C.

Cassel said the Fire Department did not have an estimate of how much damage the blaze caused. Seventeen firefighters and 12 inspectors are assigned to the event each night, Cassell said.

Insomniac CEO and founder Pasquale Rotella lives in Las Vegas and is married to reality-TV star Holly Madison. The couple are expecting their second child and attended EDC on Friday night via Maverick Helicopters.

This is the 20th anniversary of EDC and the sixth consecutive EDC in Las Vegas. EDC wraps up its third of three nights tonight.

Sun reporter Kailyn Brown contributed to this report.

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