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Wedding ends in violent sickness, 25 people hospitalized


Last updated 9/9/2018 at 3:05pm

BEAUMONT - Sheriff's investigators on Sunday were looking into the possibility of criminal activity in connection with the hospitalization of 25 people who fell ill at a wedding event near Beaumont.

Five people suffered serious symptoms, nine were in moderate condition and 11 had minor signs of sickness, a county fire department spokesperson said.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department said that they had "assumed the investigation into any criminal culpability.''

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

Five people were vomiting violently and 20 others also suffered illness from a cause that had yet to be determined, said Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department.

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.


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