By Stephanie Brito, Edysmar Diaz-Cruz, and Jennifer Perez
Ella Hernandez came to Ultra in shorts and a bikini top last year. This year, she’ll come with her friend’s ID and a lot of makeup–she’s 17.
After a guard was trampled by people who wanted to enter Ultra Music Festival last year, the company decided to implement an age restriction. The incident exacerbated years of Ultra scandals dating back to 1999, when the event was founded. Last year, a 21-year-old died from Alpha-PVP toxicity, from synthetic bath salts. In 2013, someone almost died after drinking water laced with antifreeze.
For the first time those under 18 will not be allowed into the event, but that doesn’t mean they won’t try.
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