Attendees agog as prankster ignites Burning Man early

“Everyone is looking at it this morning, this big black figure in the sky and that wasn’t supposed to burn, saying ‘Now what do we do?’ ” at Burning Man after an attendee ignited the namesake sculpture last night as attendees took in the total lunar eclipse.

“Black Rock City Fire Department” personnel extinguished the blaze and San Francisco performance artist Paul Addis, 35, was arrested on suspicion of arson and illegal possession of fireworks, the Associated Press reported.

4 Comments so far

  1. the unoriginal (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

    wow, only took you 14 minutes to snag that off sfist. you should call your column “sfist lite”.


  2. sf_mark (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

    Actually I saw it on an RSS feed from the Mercury News site. I didn’t see it on SFist, which is a lovely website and one I often read. I have the feeling we both saw the AP story someplace or other.


  3. TinMan (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 8:34 pm

    Give Mark a break. If he was really stalking SFist, this blog would have five transit-related blog entries per day.

    Frankly, I’m glad Metblog SF doesn’t shadow SFist.


  4. cd (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 4:38 pm

    So, here’s what I can’t figure out – this year is “Green Man,” right? So, um, it’s a total bummer that the man hath burnt too soon, but after one polluting burn, why go out and waste more wood so they can pollute a little more?

    I suppose that question is stupid since first we’d have to address why 46k people trucking out to a desert makes sense to begin with.



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