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When the Going Gets Tough: Revelers Flee Burning Man Dust

While Hurricane Gustav is grabbing the top weather news slot, for those making the trek into Black Rock Desert for the annual Burning Man Festival this weekend, the weather was also an unexpected performance art piece in the form of a dust storm.

The storm was caused by a cold front moving through the region and turning the atmosphere into a “total whiteout”, according to a commander at the Federal Bureau of Land Management.

Although no damage was reported, nor any injuries, the BLM claims that the storm did chase away some would-be counter-culture revelers. Though Saturday morning the crowd reached a new record of nearly 49, 600 up 2 thousand from last year, many left before the Saturday night main event of torching of the 40-foot signature effigy. The Burning Man art festival began in 1986 in San Francisco’s Baker Beach and moved to the Black Rock Desert in 1990.


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tiffanyfuchsia tiffanyfuchsia 8 years
I know a lot of people who go to Burning Man, but I can't say I've ever had much of a desire to go myself. Looks interesting though.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
Not sure "counter culture" is a term that still applies. I was returning from Lake Tahoe yesterday and was on the road with a lot of burning man vehicles (really easy to pick out thanks to white dust and colorful art displays crammed in and out of the car) - I cant tell you how many of those cars were huge, expensive SUVs. It was a parade of land rovers, range rovers, suburbans etc, and all identifiable by the dust covered bikes with stuffed animals and flowers attached and tied to the back of the car.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i totally forgot about this one. i think that i heard about it for the first time last year - and i'm glad that it turned out ok this year.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Well they all get really stoned and come up with fabulous ideas to change the world. The thing is when they sober up they don't remember what any of those fabulous ideas were. :oy:
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
oh I know Harmony, I'd never heard of it before until I read an article last night... radical self expression... I'd say so. But then again I'm really not for radical anything.. too extreme for me.
aja28 aja28 8 years
What a strange festival. How curious. Glad no one was hurt
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
This is hysterical. I have friends that are there right now. I wouldn't be caught dead at that crazy festival. :rotfl:
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