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Burning Man contestant’s cause of death confirmed: report


The man who died last week at the Burning Man festival in Nevada is believed to have died of drug poisoning, according to reports.

The Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased as Leon Reece, 32, of Truckee, Calif., according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

The office said on Tuesday that the cause and circumstances of Reece’s death were still under investigation, but drug poisoning was suspected, the newspaper added.

Emergency crews attended to the man on Friday and were unable to resuscitate him after he was found on the beach, organizers reportedly said.

Burning Man traffic jam tops 7 hours as Nevada festival route reopens after torrential rain

Vehicles line up to leave the Burning Man festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert on Tuesday. (AP/Monique Sady)

The news comes as traffic out of the festival – which has been hit by heavy rain this year – finally appeared to ease early on Wednesday after backups of around four hours were still reported overnight.

On Monday, the Burning Man website reported that “exodus operations have officially begun in Black Rock City,” also noting that in previous years, “exodus wait times peaked between six and nine hours. “.

“The driving ban has been lifted,” reads a message on a portion of the website titled “2023 Wet Playa Survival Guide.”

Pershing County Sheriff Jerry Allen told the San Francisco Chronicle that the conditions brought out the “angry” side of some attendees.


Traffic jam in the Nevada desert on the way out of Burning Man

The traffic jam will leave Burning Man on Tuesday, September 5. (AP/Monique Sady)

“As usually happens in what Burns calls the ‘default world’, people let their emotions override their reasonableness and they pick on each other when they leave the beach and try to surrender. to their next destination,” he told the newspaper. Chronicle in an email. “This behavior certainly doesn’t fit into the 10 principles of Burning Man, but it’s not BMP’s fault either, but it’s a societal issue.”

On Saturday, counterculture festival organizers asked attendees to shelter in a warm, safe place and save food, water and fuel in case of torrential rain. The airport and entrance to Black Rock City, Nevada, where the event is taking place, was closed due to the conditions.

These actions were taken after more than half an inch of rain reportedly flooded the festival site on Friday, the Reno National Weather Service said.

In this image from video provided by Rebecca Barger, a man walks through mud at the site of the Burning Man festival in Black Rock, Nevada, on Monday, September 4. (Rebecca Barger/@rebeccabargerphoto via AP)


The Pershing County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday the death occurred “during this rainy day.”

Fox News’ Greg Wehner and Paul Conner contributed to this report.



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