The crowd for the weeklong celebration peaked Saturday at a record 49,599, up from 47,097 last year. Burning Man began in 1986 at San Francisco’s Baker Beach and was moved in 1990 to the Black Rock Desert, about 110 miles north of Reno.
The celebration of radical self-expression climaxed late Saturday night with the torching of its 40-foot signature effigy. A dust storm prompted many participants to leave the Black Rock Desert before the finale.U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials said the festival ran smoothly and no major problems were reported. They made 11 arrests and issued 175 citations to participants, most for drug violations, BLM officials said.