Sheriff: Burning Man Could Be Terror Target

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Police Compound at Burning Man. What’s that in the middle? Image: Trevor Hughes, USA Today

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No Chocotacos? Then we demand Art!

No Chocotacos? Then we demand Art! Thanks to our fan who sent this in


Allen suggested that Burning Man could be a target of terrorism.

“What better event to have a worldwide impact in Northern Nevada than Burning Man, especially with the ‘loose morals’ that some Burners live by,” Allen wrote in an email to the Reno Gazette-Journal, alluding to the nudity and alcohol and drug use at the event. “Just because it hasn’t happened, doesn’t mean it is not possible. Remember, there was never a bomb at the Boston Marathon until there was. Nobody ever flew into a skyscraper until 9/11.

“If an event of that magnitude happened at this event, the soonest we could get resources to assist us in quelling the issue would be two hours. A lot can happen in that amount of time.”

Burning Man organizers have previously stated that they have a detailed mass casualty incident response plan, one that annually requires input from the organization and nearly all of the agencies that oversee emergency response at the event. The sheriff’s office, BLM, medical provider and other county and state agencies attend annual meetings to review the plan each year…

70 cops isn’t enough, he needs 100. And Chocotacos.

The Sheriff has made a few improvements since last year, and is hoping for BMOrg to do the same:

The sheriff’s office is also making some improvements on its own operations. A Burner tried to escape the on-site jail last year by jumping out of the trailer window. He was transported to a hospital by helicopter for treatment of serious cuts. Allen said the jail this year will have no windows as a result.

Additionally, the sheriff’s office is working on communications internally and with other agencies. Last year, a woman at Burning Man nearly died after a special reserve deputy injected her with a sedative as she resisted arrest, according to reports. The woman, who had been drinking, went into respiratory failure and had to be revived. As a result, Allen said, the sheriff’s office realized that contracts needed to better specify the responsibilities of his staff at the event.

As for communication between the playa and the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office in Lovelock, the county seat, Allen hopes that the Internet access will be more consistent this year…

The BLM, which was criticized for overzealous tactics at last year’s Burn, said that it would discontinue the inspection of incoming postal packages at the event but it has not declared whether it will continue K-9 units and traffic stops at the event entry


Anyone see any dogs? I have received a couple of reports so far.

16 comments on “Sheriff: Burning Man Could Be Terror Target

  1. Pingback: BREAKING: Anonymous Terror Group Claims Responsibility For Burning Man Attacks [Update] | Burners.Me: Me, Burners and The Man

  2. Is it wrong of me to give voice to my idea that – as a personal art piece – I recruit a small group of bandits to hijack that 747 art car and force it to crash into the Man on burn night?

    Does that make me a bad person?

    • No, it does not make you a bad person; it makes you an artist.

      However, the Borg will hound you for felony charges until they stick, and will not rest until you have committed suicide. Does that sound like a plan?

  3. Since no one really cares about white people anymore, if they all died it probably wouldn’t be a headline story.

    • Too many people on the planet anyway. Need to cut down the numbers. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are supposed to be Death, Famine, War & Conquest.

      Maybe we should add a Fifth Horse: Incompetency.

  4. “…discontinue the inspection of incoming postal packages…”

    Wonder if that person who did not receive their mail got that non-delivery paperwork filed with the USPS. Wonder if they got their postage back?

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