As thunderstorms sweep through Nevada, the annual festival's opening day was cancelled by organisers.
Rain isn't usually an issue at Burning Man, which takes place every year in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. But as storms hit the region, organisers cancelled the weeklong event's first day on Monday, August 25th. Thousands of "burners" were locked outside the waterlogged festival area, with most people seeking alternative campsites or returning to Reno.
Burning Man organisers made a statement on Twitter: "Black Rock City is closed until midday Tuesday due to rain and standing water. At the request of organisers, law enforcement is turning back cars." The same Twitter account said the site was due to open again at 6 AM local time on Tuesday, August 26th.
Burning Man is a famously eccentric gathering attended by 60,000 people each year. It came in at number three in RA's rundown of the best festivals in August 2014.
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