Officials at Six Flags Over Texas amusement park, where...

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Officials at Six Flags Over Texas amusement park, where more than 200 young people were treated for heat-related ailments during a weekend concert, are re-thinking their policy on such events in the summer.

Forty-seven young people had to be taken to hospitals in the Friday night incident.


Scores of others received first-aid treatment at the park.

The problems occurred when nearly 15,000 people stood for three to five hours in the park's concert area waiting for a show by the group New Edition. The 9 p.m. concert had to be halted briefly while first-aid was administered to some in the crowd. Some concert-goers standing close to the stage said the crowd surged forward as the concert began.

One of two dozen off-duty Arlington police officers working as security guards at the park blamed crowding for the problems.

'People just started passing out right and left. They got excited when the band got there. It was just too much,' Sgt. Kirby Wood said.

Six Flags' public relations manager Bruce Neal said the park received a number of calls Saturday from concerned parents whose youngsters attended the concert.

'We're taking a hard look at it (safety),' he said. 'There's always room for improvement in any area.'


On Saturday, first aid workers treated 125 people attending an airshow at Carswell Air Force Base near Fort Worth for heat-related problems, none of them serious, a base spokesman said.

Many of the 250,000 spectators sought refuge from the 104-degree temperature by ducking into the shade under the wings of the fighter jets on display at the base's annual open house.

Bryan Harmon, a National Weather Service Forecaster in Fort Worth, said above-normal, 100-plus temperatures were likely to remain through the first week of September.

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