Police are looking into a death at Burning Man festival during a rare torrential downpour in Nevada that has left thousands of festival-goers stranded on their campsites and advised them to take cover as the desert floods quickly.
According to BBC News, the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office stated that the death at Burning Man occurred “during this rain event,” but provided no additional information regarding the deceased or the cause of death.
The Burning Man Project, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, was set to host the festival this year from August 27 to September 4. Every year, festival-goers assemble “to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance,” as the event’s description puts it.
The Sheriff’s office stated that the majority of festival operations have been suspended or “significantly delayed,” while festival organizers continued to prioritize evacuating attendees to safety after the incident of a death at Burning Man.
For more information about the death at Burning Man, the Messenger contacted the Perishing County Sheriff’s Office.
“The Pershing County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Land Management have closed the Burning Man entrance for the duration of the event due to recent rainfall. Traveling there is not advised; you will be detoured. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday night on X, formerly known as Twitter, that all event access was closed.
Despite trudging through the rain-soaked, muddy ground, event organizers prohibited vehicles from entering and advised attendees to stay put. The area is thought to have received mo
re than half an inch of rain on Friday, and at least another quarter of an inch of rain is predicted for Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.