December 21, 2014
Thousands of revelers cheered as the annual Burning Man counterculture festival climaxed with two spectacular pyrotechnic shows on the northern Nevada desert.
Fireworks erupted as the 40-foot-tall wooden figure known as "The Man," the gathering's signature effigy, went up in flames late last night and fell to the Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno.
A huge fireball later shot up into the sky after the torching of a 90-foot-plus art piece called "Crude Awakening," billed as the event's tallest structure ever.
It also was preceded by a fireworks show.
The eclectic art festival will end its weeklong run tomorrow after the burning of more artwork tonight, including the "Temple of Remembrance."
No major problems were reported by authorities.
U-S Bureau of Land Management officials say the crowd peaked at 48-thousand-11 at 4 p-m yesterday, up 23 percent over last year.
They say a male celebrant was taken yesterday to a Reno hospital after he was seriously injured in a fall from a domed structure.