Grand Prairie: City-approved rave 'won't happen again'

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by TERESA WOODARD

WFAA

Posted on June 3, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 3 at 11:32 PM

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GRAND PRAIRIE — It was after 1 a.m. Sunday when a Channel 8 photojournalist shot video of lights blinking and music blaring at Grand Prairie's QuikTrip Park.

Even at that hour, it wasn't close to closing time.

The city had given the promoters of Meltdown Music Festival 2012 a permit to party until 3 a.m.

Larry Redmon lives one mile away from the ballpark. "You could hear all the words; you could hear everything," he said as he sat on his front porch Sunday afternoon.

"It was like a rock concert in your back yard," laughed neighbor Michelle Daniel. "I've got double-insulated windows, and it was just 'Boom! Boom! Boom!' The bass was just banging them."

"Every once in a while, when they have someone special playing at the park like Willie Nelson, you'll catch a little of that drifting over — but not much," she added.

"I've never heard anything past 11 or midnight," Redmon said.

What the neighbors heard from Saturday night into Sunday morning was far from the mellow strains of Willie Nelson; it was a dance party with loud techno music and bright flashing lights.

Grand Prairie police said they were flooded with phone calls. So many people were complaining about the noise it stretched their resources thin.

Irving resident Brownie Browning was one of the callers. He reached out to Irving, where he used to be an officer, and to Grand Prairie.

"Both departments were extremely professional, and very helpful, but their hands are tied when the city of Grand Prairie gives a permit for that to go on 'til three in the morning. I don't understand that," Browning said. "At three o'clock it shut off, but prior to that, we were part of the party, I guess they thought."

Grand Prairie City Council member Mark Hepworth represents QuikTrip Park and the area surrounding it. On Sunday, he apologized to his constituents and the people of South Irving who were inconvenienced by the noise.

"I want to say I'm sorry," he said. He planned a meeting Monday with the city manager and staff in charge of the city's special permits. "We'll make sure this situation does not happen again," Hepworth said.

There are no other raves on the calendar at QuikTrip Park.

"We're okay as long as they are good neighbors," Browning said.

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