Burning Man to Appeal BLM Probation for Exceeding Crowd Limits

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The 2013 edition of Burning Man, the counterculture gathering that attracts tens of thousands of partiers, is under threat of having its license pulled if it continues to exceed the capacity of its permits on federal land.

The Associated Press reports that the Bureau of Land Management is upset because last year's offbeat gathering in the Nevada desert drew crowds of more than 53,000 attendees, exceeding its permit, which allowed no more than 50,000. According to the AP, it's the first time Burning Man has been placed on probation since moving its event from the San Francisco area to the Nevada desert.

Burning Man representatives said they'll appeal the probation, because if the probation stands for two straight years, the BLM could suspend or cancel future permit applications.

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