Much less garbage following 2nd Phish show at Lake Tahoe |

Much less garbage following 2nd Phish show at Lake Tahoe

The photo on the left (taken by Rob Galloway / Tahoe Daily Tribune) shows the scene Thursday morning, while the photo on the right (by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department) shows the same scene Wednesday morning.

After trashing the Stateline area following the band’s first sold out show Tuesday, Phish fans left behind much less trash following the second show Wednesday.

“It was much better,” Lt. Shannon Laney with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department told the Tribune.

Photos posted by the police department Wednesday morning showed streets and lots on the California side of the state line littered with trash, including beer cans and empty balloons used for inhaling nitrous oxide, or whippets as they’re commonly known.

While it is common to see some trash after the summer concert shows at Harveys Lake Tahoe, Laney said the trash after the first Phish show was far greater than the typical concert.

The photos posted on Twitter by the department sparked a response from the band’s official Twitter account, which called on fans to respect the area.

On Thursday morning the area was much cleaner.

Laney attributed the improvement to the absence of illegal vendors who travel with the band and set up camp outside venues. Those vendors were out in large numbers for the first show, which led police to issue citations.

For the second show, Laney said no citations were issued by the South Lake Tahoe police because there were no vendors set up on the California side, and only a few were visible on the Nevada side, which is out of the South Lake PD’s jurisdiction.

“I had heard they had moved on,” Laney said of the vendors.

Police blocked off one of the intersections that was a problem area during the first concert.

Should the band return in the future, Laney said they will likely try to be more proactive in mitigating the trash issues. That could include setting up trash cans and asking Harveys for help in bringing in more dumpsters for the show.

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