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Published on NewsOK Modified: March 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm •  Published: March 15, 2013
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Engineers were inspecting stages right up to the start of the festival, which began slightly later than expected as a final run through was being made. One of the three workers hurt suffered critical injuries when one of several large LED screens fell while being hoisted in the air on Thursday. Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Ignatius Carroll said all the stages were checked as a precaution. The main stage was also opened, though without all of the extra lighting festival organizers had planned on adding, Carroll said.

The festival will attract a strong police presence. City of Miami police said they have more than 200 uniformed officers on patrol, as well as undercover officers within the event. The increased security was part of the festival's agreement after city commissioners raised objections to the event's expansion into a second weekend. There have been multiple drug arrests in previous years and for many who live in the downtown area the festival is seen as a major nuisance.

Last year, a video of an Ultra partygoer dancing, clearly inebriated, with a palm tree went viral on YouTube, symbolizing the revelry that's become associated with the festival and the music.

Festival organizers insisted the event will be safe.

"We got together and addressed everyone's concerns and spent a lot of money on extra security and police," said Russell Faibisch, one of the founders of Ultra.

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AP Music Writer Chris Talbott in Nashville, Tenn., contributed to this report.

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http://ultramusicfestival.com

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