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By Margaret Harding
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 12:56 p.m.
 

Paramedics took six people to the hospital for heat-related issues during the Wiz Khalifa concert at Consol Energy Center, an EMS official said.

Heat problems are not uncommon at a concert, Pittsburgh EMS Division Chief Ron Romano said. Paramedics have transported more than 20 people at country singer Kenny Chesney's shows at Heinz Field, he noted.

“Six patients from a rap concert? That's not unexpected,” Romano said. “It's something you have to be prepared for.”

Police on Wednesday issued a summons charging one person with harassment, defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest outside the Uptown arena, spokeswoman Diane Richard said.

Five people were cited when police found them with alcohol in a car that smelled of marijuana smoke during a traffic stop, Richard said. Police increased patrols and added officers to the area for the concert, she said.

Khalifa, a Pittsburgh native honored this week by City Council, makes many references to marijuana in his songs and espouses the drug's use in interviews and on social media, including Twitter.

Officials ejected multiple people from the concert and received calls for people passed out from drinking, possible drug use and disorderly conduct, Richard said. Security officials at Consol handled the majority of the calls inside the stadium, she said, and referred further comment to them.

Jay Cooper, regional vice president of AEG Facilities, which manages the arena, did not return a message seeking comment.

Margaret Harding is a staff writerfor Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or mharding@tribweb.com.

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