Law enforcement officials at the famous “Burning Man” arts and music festival in Nevada this weekend were incredulous when a man ignored their barricade and sprinted headlong into the giant, burning wooden effigy that symbolizes the event.
The world renowned music festival attracts over 70,000 people to its location in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert annually. It gets its name “Burning Man” from its culmination, the symbolic ritual burning of a large wooden effigy (“the Man”) that traditionally occurs on the Saturday evening of the event weekend.
State troopers and local law enforcement surrounded the burning of “The Man” this year, but weren’t able to corral one eager fan who ran right into the massive, burning wooden structure.
The festival issued a statement via its website: “approximately 10:30pm Saturday evening, a male participant at the annual Burning Man event in Northern Nevada broke through a safety perimeter and into into a fire. Black Rock City fire personnel rescued him from the fire.”
The man was reportedly treated at the on site medical facility, but his burns were sever enough to warrant an airlift to a burn center.
“Burning Man” is a hugely famous music festival that, according to Wikipedia is influenced by 10 main principles: “radical” inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy and leaving no trace.
At Burning Man the community explores various forms of artistic self-expression, created in celebration for the pleasure of all participants. Participation is a key precept for the community – selfless giving of one’s unique talents for the enjoyment of all is encouraged and actively reinforced.
One man took the “participation” requirement a little too far Saturday night.
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