Ultra 2018 Arrests & Hospitalizations Set New Record

Ultra Miami‘s 20th anniversary was one the most memorable years in the festival’s history — and it was also the safest for its attendees who traveled from all over the world to enjoy live music.


Ultra Worldwide’s flagship event took place in Bayfront Park in Miami from March 23 – 25. Ultra Music Festival’s 20th anniversary was the safest ever, to Security Director Ray Martinez. In fact, police reported only twenty-seven total arrests over the entire three-day music festival.

An 55,000 people attended Ultra Miami 2018 each day. According to the , the arrest numbers are “less than , which itself was a 47.7 percent drop from ” Some arrests over the weekend were in relation to selling fake tickets and assaults. One was charged with hitting an on-duty law enforcement ficer.

Police even checked out an Instagram post showing a man with a high-powered rifle naming Ultra Fest but they determined there was no threat and made no arrest.

“There were no major incidents and we would like to thank the community and the public for being our eyes and ears during incidents and reporting all suspicious activity,” Miami Police Officer Kiara Delva .

The drop in arrests is attributed to a few different reasons: amnesty boxes for drugs, age minimum 18 and sturdy barriers. The also credits attendees who seem to have become much more mature and knowledgeable about Ultra’s festival experience.

Less people were taken to the hospital as well, according to . Eight people were transported on Friday and Saturday each, and 20 people were rushed to hospitals from festival grounds on the final day, Sunday.

Also down was the number people taken to area hospitals. Miami Fire Rescue captain Ignatius Carroll said there were eight people transported Friday and Saturday each and 20 on Sunday.

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