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Updated: June 27, 2013 7:11AM

Organizers of the Electric Daisy Carnival said they would turn down the volume and set a curfew for fireworks after “unexpected noise complaints” from people near Chicagoland Speedway, where the festival is being held, and as far as Mokena.

The promoter promised Saturday to make the changes and be a “good neighbor” for the remainder of the three-day electronic music dance festival.

Friday’s premiere was a headache for some neighbors, who said they had to deal with all-night throbbing beats and fireworks as late as 4 a.m.

“Late last night, when we first learned about the noise complaints, we immediately lowered the sound at all of our stages by 33 percent,” Jennifer Forkish, a spokeswoman for Insomniac Productions, said Saturday. “We are moving the fireworks show three hours earlier to help reduce late-night noise.”

Joliet Mayor Thomas Giarrante said he’d gotten complaints from neighboring Elwood and New Lenox and as far as Frankfort and Mokena.

Diane Sharp said the noise was like “pounding a hammer in your head.”

“It drove you crazy,” the Joliet Township resident said. “I’m hoping that this will never happen again, that there will be enough complaints that they won’t bring it back here.”

Jane Kozak, of New Lenox, said she heard “thumping, the bass, the beat, the vibration” at her home seven miles away from Chicagoland Speedway.

“Oh, my Lord, I’m telling you if I had known, I would have left this weekend,” Kozak said. “I’m all for them playing music there, but it should end at 12. I think that’s a good time to stop.”

The fireworks during Friday night’s show began during David Guetta’s set, around midnight. But neighbors said they heard fireworks much later, too.

Joyce Marino, who lives in Joliet Township about a mile from the racetrack, said the noise was constant: “Boom, boom, boom, loudly,” and the fireworks “sounded like atomic bombs going off.”

She called Electric Daisy Carnival “the worst thing the speedway has ever done to us.”

This is Electric Daisy’s first time in the Chicago area. Chicagoland Speedway and Joliet city officials have said they hope to make the festival a yearly event.

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