Black Rock City opens for Burning Man

August 31, 2009 6:26:05 PM PDT
The annual Burning Man event is now underway in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.

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Over 50,000 people are expected to attend the weeklong communal gathering and arts festival, which culminates in the burning of a 40-foot wooden effigy of a man.

This year's gathering is not without controversy. Organizers are clamping down on how photos and video of the event can be used on the Internet. They say the policy is meant to protect the privacy of festival guests.

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