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Multiple heat-related injuries reported at marching band contest in Austin

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A marching band competition in Austin Saturday evening took a frightening turn when students and adults began suffering from heat related injuries.

There were 23 bands and about 3500 students at the Texas Marching Classic at the Kelly Reeves Stadium in Austin.

Saturday afternoon around 4:00, Austin-Travis County EMS tells us they got a call about a possible seizure.  When they got there they realized there was no seizure but there were multiple people suffering from heat related problems.

An EMS spokesperson says overall they treated 12 patients.

4 of those were taken to a hospital -- that's 3 minors and one adult.

EMS says they helped 5 others on scene with rehab.

"They were expecting a cool, rainy day.  And although they had been trained to hydrate properly, it's not like they did in August or September.  All the kids and all the directors had water before and during the warm up and also water stations immediately after they exit the field," said Jim Van Zandt, Director of Fine Arts for Round Rock ISD.

"It's been cool for a little while.  It felt kind of cool today, it was cloudy.  But the humidity is so high.  That's why they always refer to the heat index.  But it's even beyond that, when it's that humid, you're sweating but it's not cooling your body.  So you go through fluid a lot faster than you would on a normal basis and your body temperature continues to rise," said Blake Hardy with Austin-Travis County EMS.

According to EMS, the 4 that were taken to the hospital suffered minor heat-related injuries.  They'll be just fine.

The competition continued with an EMS unit on standby.

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