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Burning Man Sues Over Nudity Issues

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File photo of Burning Man festival. (Photo credit: MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of Burning Man festival. (Photo credit: MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Organizers of the Burning Man arts festival are suing local officials over new rules for the annual event in the northern Nevada desert.

They say Pershing County is unfairly imposing a festival ordinance that would bring significant new costs and restrictions to the event dedicated to radical self-expression.

There’s always plenty of nudity at Burning Man. Starting with the 2013 festival, the ordinance will enable sheriff’s deputies to regulate activities considered “obscene, indecent, vulgar, or lewd.”

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Burning Man organizer Black Rock City, LLC, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday. Pershing County officials declined to comment.

Burning Man takes place over Labor Day weekend. This year’s event is expected to draw around 60,000 people who will camp out and create a temporary city in the desert.

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