Sculptures Go Up In Smoke As Burning Man Ends
Rain and dust storms did nothing to dampen the spirits of nearly 66,000 revellers at this year's Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert.
The festival's eclectic artwork, offbeat themed camps, concerts and other entertainment drew praise from participants from around the world.
Friday's official peak attendance of 65,922 was within the population cap of 68,000 the federal Bureau of Land Management imposed on the event 110 miles (177km) north of Reno, said Gene Seidlitz, manager of the agency's Winnemucca District.
The number was down from last year's record peak crowd of 69,613, which resulted in organisers being placed on probation for a second time in three years for violating the limit.
Organisers had been warned that if they were placed on probation a second straight year, the agency might suspend or cancel their permit to use the site in the Black Rock Desert.
The week-long festival leading up to the Labor Day holiday passed off safely, apart from the death of a 29-year-old woman who was struck by a bus carrying passengers on the playa of the Black Rock Desert, Mr Seidlitz said.
Crime statistics will not be released until later this month, he added.
Burning Man has become one of the US's largest outdoor events and has come a long way since it began in San Francisco in 1986. In 1990 it attracted just 80 people.
It is situated in the middle of nowhere with people travelling there with everything they are likely to need, or bartering for anything they may have forgotten.