Hundreds of burners temporarily stranded at Reno-Tahoe airport

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Hundreds of burners were temporarily stranded at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport Sunday night following a fatal crash that closed the roads to the playa.

Burners loaded onto buses Monday morning after the delay. Betty Eiseman, 79, said the delay put a stop to her plans. Eiseman like many others slept at the airport. She said, “Nobody thought they were going to be stranded.”

She continued, “I think it put a little bump on my son’s plans of picking me up.”

Nearly 800 burners either stayed at the airport or arranged a hotel.

Airport officials helped to accommodate the burners. “We dusted off our plans, no pun intended, and we contacted all the hotels, with the help with the RSCVA got special rates for the burners, got them accommodated last night all over the region,” said Brian Kulpin, Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs at the airport.

It was a bump on the road for burners, but the delay didn’t bother some at all.

Remi Ducrocq from France said, “You know it's a sad situation of a car accident, no one could really complain that we were delayed, I mean there’s worse things in life than getting to the playa 12 hours later.”

Kulpin said 20,000 burners are expected to travel through the airport this week.

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