Vandalism Reported at Large Burning Man Camp
The egalitarian Burning Man community has a few of its own bad applesThis article originally appeared on Las Vegas Review-Journal
Burning Man’s Black Rock City is not immune from the ills of the outside world. White Ocean, a large sound camp originally created by DJ Paul Oakenfold, was vandalized Wednesday night, according to a post on the camp’s Facebook page.
Someone cut and pulled electric cords, causing food to spoil when the refrigeration stopped, glued a trailer shut and released 200 gallons of potable water, flooding the camp, the Facebook post from Thursday reported. The post added that the Burning Man Rangers and other authorities responded to the incident.
The camp’s organizers declined to comment about the vandalism and local sheriffs could not be reached Friday.
“We have felt like we’ve been sabotaged from every angle, but last night’s chain of events, while we were all out enjoying our beautiful home, was an absolute and definitive confirmation that some feel we are not deserving of Burning Man,” a post on the camp’s Facebook page said.
The post refers to the divide between traditional Burning Man camps and the so-called “plug-and-play,” or turnkey, camps that have appeared at the festival in the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada in recent years. All supplies and amenities are provided to attendees who stay at these camps. Oftentimes, staff is paid to cook and clean for them, too. Ordinarily, Burning Man attendees sleep in tents or RVs and are responsible for bringing enough water, food and supplies to last the duration of the eight-day festival.