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LA County to Study Ban on Large Music Festivals on County Property

Two women died of suspected overdoses Saturday while attending the HARD Summer Music Festival.

After two teens died last weekend at the HARD Summer Music Festival, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to explore banning raves on county property Tuesday.

The motion comes after 18-year-old Tracy Nguyen West and 19-year-old Katie Dix of Camarillo died from suspected overdoses in separate incidents while attending the HARD Summer Music Festival in Pomona on Saturday. A 19-year-old woman also died last year in Whittier Narrows while attending the festival.

"I am deeply troubled that this is the third such death to happen in my district in the last year and a half," LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis said Monday. At the meeting Tuesday, she also called for a full investigation into Nguyen and Dix's deaths.

The festival was held at the Pomona Fairplex, which is on land mostly owned by the county government, but managed by the nonprofit LA County Fair Association.

In addition to exploring a ban on raves, the county is expected to examine security and safety measures at music festival.

City News Service contributed to this story.

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