Riverside County

Over 2 Dozen People Sickened at Wedding Near Beaumont

Some of the guests became violently ill and ambulances had to be called.

Five people suffered major injuries and nine others sustained moderate injuries after falling ill at a wedding or wedding-related event near Beaumont, where people were extremely sick to their stomachs, a county fire department spokesperson said Sunday.

Riverside County firefighters, paramedics, and sheriff's deputies were dispatched at 8:02 p.m. Saturday to a wedding venue in the 31100 block of San Timoteo Canyon Road, near the Riverside-San Bernardino line and adjacent to Redlands.

While the Riverside County Fire Department listed the affected as "injured," that term was used to mean "got sick" or "fell ill," said department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.

Police from Beaumont and firefighters and police from neighboring cities and San Bernardino County were also called in.

Five people were vomiting violently, and 12 others also suffered illness from a still yet to be determined cause, Hagemann said.

The ill were transported by ground ambulance and a bus provided by the Beaumont Police Department to area hospitals, Hagemann said.

"The Riverside County Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team has ruled out hazardous materials, however, the investigation continues," she said.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is investigating whether there was any "criminal culpability" involved. 

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