'Meltdown' music irks neighbors of Grand Prairie event




Posted on June 3, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 3 at 5:43 PM

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GRAND PRAIRIE — An all-night party could lead to changes in Grand Prairie.

A "rave" that went well into the wee hours of Sunday morning had neighbors of the QuikTrip Park fuming, upset over the noise. The nearest residential neighborhood is almost one mile away.

Police in Grand Prairie and Irving were less than pleased, stretched to the limit, responding to all the complaints about the Meltdown Music Festival.

Grand Prairie police said they cannot let this happen again.

Organizers of the festival had a valid city permit to rock the minor league ballpark at Interstate 30 and Belt Line Road until 3 a.m. Sunday.

Residents who live nearby said they're accustomed to noise from the entertainment complex that also includes the Verizon Theatre and Lone Star Park, but they said they've never heard anything this loud at such an extreme hour.

"At times you could hear the drummer doing solos," said Irving resident Brownie Browning. "At times you could hear the words. At one point, I heard a man speaking as he was apparently talking to the crowd."

In an e-mail to News 8, Grand Prairie police said, "It's unfortunate that our citizens were not allowed the peace and quiet they are entitled to."

The Grand Prairie City Council member who represents the area near QuikTrip Park said he plans to get to the bottom of this before the Council meets in its regular session on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for QuikTrip Park said there are no similar events on its schedule this year.

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