The number of citations and arrests at the recent Burning Man counterculture festival on the Nevada desert was about the same as last year, U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials said.
They reported 293 citations and eight arrests at the annual celebration of radical self-expression held the week leading up to Labor Day. That compares with 287 citations and nine arrests at the 2009 festival.
Attorney David Levin of Palo Alto, Calif., accused an "overzealous" BLM of issuing multiple citations for a single infraction to justify an increasing number of law enforcement officers at the gathering, which is held about 110 miles north of Reno on the Black Rock Desert.
More than half of citations were for drug offenses, the BLM reported.