Burning Man parties are hit by a sandstorm that threatens to ruin the final day of the Nevada festival

Burning Man partygoers were hit by a huge sandstorm over the weekend that threatened to ruin the finale of the nine-day Nevada festival, as hundreds headed out earlier to escape the dust while others stripped down in the 102F heat.

The dust storm hit Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, where it has been held since the early 1990s, on Saturday, just before Sunday’s main event of Burning Man – and ignited the wooden “man” effigy.

The week-long festival has long been a tradition, attended by scantily clad individuals looking to let go and soak up the event’s signature psychedelic vibe.

The official handle of Burning Man tweeted that the desert area known as “Playa” was subject to “whiteout conditions”.

For a short time the main gate was closed due to conditions in both directions and festival goers were told not to drive as vehicles became stranded and lost on the playa.

The official Burning Man webcam showed visibility was virtually non-existent as others on social media reported the dust was thick enough to block the sun.

The intense dusty conditions mixed with the scorching heat when daily highs were in the triple digits were enough to make some festival-goers leave early, while others said the conditions were just part of the experience.

The dust storm hit Nevada's Black Rock Desert, where it has been held since the early 1990s, on Saturday just before Burning Man's main event - and ignited the wooden

The dust storm hit Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, where it has been held since the early 1990s, on Saturday just before Burning Man’s main event – and ignited the wooden “man” effigy

A woman poses amid the dust storm - making visibility very poor at the festival over the weekend. Some festival-goers left early to avoid the storm, while others braved it and enjoyed the finale

A woman poses amid the dust storm – making visibility very poor at the festival over the weekend. Some festival-goers left early to avoid the storm, while others braved it and enjoyed the finale

The desert area known as

The desert area known as “Playa” experienced “whiteout conditions” – as photos show bikes and people covered in dust, according to the event description

On the final day of Burning Man, a dust storm blanketed the festival site in a blanket of dust

On the final day of Burning Man, a dust storm blanketed the festival site in a blanket of dust

The week-long festival has long been a tradition, attended by scantily clad people looking to let off some steam

The week-long festival has long been a tradition, attended by scantily clad people looking to let off some steam

On Saturday there was a partial whiteout from the dust storm with gusty winds

On Saturday there was a partial whiteout from the dust storm with gusty winds

The festival was paused in 2020 due to concerns about COVID and returned in full force late last month. Nearly 80,000 people flocked to the makeshift venue late last month to celebrate the event’s triumphant return while everyone waited for the giant ‘people’ structure to be lit at the top at the end of the party.

Tons of free spirits braved the extreme heat to take part in the sixth day of Burning Man Friday following the festival’s two-year hiatus, despite the sweltering temperatures of the scorching Nevada desert.

Festival-goers, who are constructing a temporary desert metropolis filled with art and self-expression, were photographed on Friday parading their flashy cars and bikes under the hot Nevada sun — with colorful installations encouraging people to stare at the sky after dark became.

Once again, participants will have to brave the sweltering heat as the national weather service has forecast daily highs of between 100 and 105 degrees in Gerlach, the closest town to the event, according to SF Gate.

Meanwhile, organizers were seen handing out free coffee to revelers after a surprise announcement the drinks would be waived as Americans battle unprecedented inflation and looming economic uncertainty.

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On the program for revelers was a series of planned parties where so-called Burners had a chance to socialize, enjoy some tunes and, of course, sip alcohol, as well as enjoy performances of a wide range of music including Latin, jazz, 80’s pop and disco.

More meditative amenities were also offered for those looking for something quieter, including a hammock forest, a hypnotherapy session, and shared mint bomb breathwork exercises.

And for those looking to broaden their horizons, Burning Man also offers several training courses on topics such as the intersection between artificial intelligence and astronomy, and the use of psychedelics in surgeries.

Also new this year is a camp on the Playa called Consensual Abduction, where guests can climb down a “wormhole” slide to get to a dance floor for all-night raves.

Consent is a key theme of this year’s event, The Gate reports – a crucial component given that so many of the experiences on this year’s program involve sex, from after-hour orgies and flogging to black light bondage.

The event concludes on Sunday with the burning of an effigy known as the Burning Man, which has served as the event’s traditional conclusion since its opening ceremony in 1989.

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Emma Colton

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