Being very familiar with the festival and tour scene as a 15 year veteran I can confidently say that this article is about half bs half truth. 5 to 10 bucks a balloon is not accurate and so it follows that 300 grand a festival or concert is an entirely absurd figure to throw out there. The myth that there is some sort of monopoly on the nitrous market by an organized crime racket called the nitrous mafia is equally absurd. The fact that people do set-up, empty a tank, make more like 7 or 8 grand prophet ( at most on a 20 lb. tank) and then disappear is true. The fact that there is a great risk for the couple of people running the tank to get jumped for their money is also true. Seeing as local thugs who frequent the lot scene know that one of the three or four people running the tank has about 3 or 5 grand in his pocket. This is why typically you have one person filling balloons, another taking the money, another handing out the balloons, and then the person taking the money makes frequent trips to deposit any considerable sum of money to a friend who brings it back to their vehicle. The story of the person showing up dead at The Vibes as a result of "being beaten by a tank, sprayed with gas and burnt alive" is incredibly hard to believe. A 20 lb. nitrous tank refers to the 20 lbs. of liquid that it holds when full, the tank itself, which is most often steel, and sometimes aluminum weighs a lot, and would be impossible to beat somebody with. Even smaller tanks, 10 lbs, or the extremely rarely seen 5 lb tanks are not something you could beat somebody with. Furthermore, you can't argue in the same article that people are making hundreds of thousands of dollars of a substance, and also using it to spray people with (wasting it). If the implication was supposed to be that the victim had been burnt by being sprayed with the gas I can also say that this is entirely impossible. I didn't bother to read the entire article since there was so little factual information in what I did read so that is all that I have to offer for now. All I can say is don't believe everything you read.