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Chris Rock & Diplo Hitchhike to Escape Burning Man 'Exodus' leaving 70,000 Attendees Stranded in Mud

By: The Big Magazine Staff

Chris Rock and Diplo were able to get a ride from a fan in the flooded Black Rock Desert (Nevada) during the Burning Man festival, while more than 70,000 attendees were stuck at the site on Saturday (September 2).

“I legit walked the side of the road for hours with my thumb out cuz i have a show in dc tonight and didnt want to let yall down,” the DJ and producer wrote in his Instagram caption. “Also shoutout to this guy for making the smart purchase of a truck not knowing it was for this exact moment.”

The DJ later shared a clip of himself and Rock in the back of a fan’s pickup truck after the Nevada festival became flooded due to weather conditions. Rock and Diplo claim to have walked for six miles in mud before coming across the burner who gave them a ride.

Diplo and Chris Rock escape Burning Man 2023 chaos - photo Diplo Instagram

The entrance to Burning Man was closed until Monday morning and burners were urged to conserve water, food and fuel.

In an update posted on Burning Man’s official website, organisers asked attendees to consider leaving the area on Tuesday 5 September to help the large amount of congestion expected to occur when they are cleared to leave today.

“Consider delaying your departure from Black Rock City until Tuesday 9/5. This will alleviate large amounts of congestion throughout the day today, Monday 9/4. “

Though it is not for certain that “Burners” will be allowed to leave on Monday, the area is beginning to dry up thanks to sunny conditions.

The CEO of Burning Man, Marian Goodell said the situation at the venue in Nevada's Black Rock Desert was under control and far from alarming in a social media post. Sunday saw a continuation of the prohibition of inbound and outbound traffic, and the shelter-in-place recommendation remained in effect through the afternoon. The roads were essentially impassable.

One death was reported and is under investigation, the cause was not clear. Diplo later posted a video to his Instagram stories that he had returned to Las Vegas to DJ.

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