Man Jumps Into Fire At Burning Man Festival
A man dived into the Burning Man effigy at the famous festival in Nevada after evading security to the horror of thousands of onlookers.
As the crowds watched on Saturday night, the man who dodged security and firefighters, ran towards the structure and jumped into the flames.
Astonishingly, he was pulled from the inferno and taken to a hospital but later died. He was 41-year-old Aaron Joel Mitchell, according to the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office. Around 70,000 people attend the gathering in the Black Rock Desert and one of the main highlights of the festival is the burning of a huge wooden statue.
The festival said in a statement: “At approximately 10.30pm Saturday evening, a male participant at the annual Burning Man event in northern Nevada broke through a safety perimeter and ran into a fire.”
“Black Rock City fire personnel rescued him from the fire. The individual was treated on the scene, transported to the on-site medical facility and airlifted to a burn treatment center. Now is a time for closeness, contact and community,” Burning Man officials said. “Trauma needs processing. Promote calls, hugs, self-care, check-ins and sleep.”
It’s unclear why Mitchell ran into the fire, but medical personnel confirmed he was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. A toxicology screening is pending.
Written By: Mat Hylan / Twitter: @mat_hylan