Sat, Apr 07, 2007 - Page 1 News List

Snake elicits Singaporean scream at music festival

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

A snake gave a literal meaning to this year's Spring Scream music festival when it bit a young Singaporean in the audience on Thursday night.

Kenting (墾丁) police said the young man, surnamed Huang, and some friends, all vacationers from Singapore, were attending the concert at Oluanpi (鵝鸞鼻), southwest of Kenting.

Huang was sitting on the grass listening to the music when he let out a yelp upon realizing that something had snuck into his pants and bit him, police said.

Huang's friends rushed him to a nearby hospital, where doctors discovered he had been bitten by a snake.

Fortunately, the snake was not poisonous and Huang was released after receiving medical treatment.

The police yesterday warned concertgoers that snakes were very active in Kenting in the spring.

Meanwhile, police last night arrested seven women and a man on suspicion of taking Ketamine at hotels in Kenting.

Police officer Lee Ching-lung (李金龍) told reporters that three women had been arrested in one hotel and the others at another hotel.

More than 500 police officers have been keeping a close eye on partygoers in an effort to control drug use at the annual music festival, Lee added.

Thousands of revelers have descended on Kenting for the festival, which began on Thursday and ends tomorrow.

Police have set up checkpoints at the entrances of concert sites and have been searching audience members' belongings for concealed drugs.

Dogs and high-tech equipment are also being used to sniff out drugs, and police are conducting searches of hotels in the area to root out drug users.

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