Man Dies After Running Into 12-Metre Flaming Statue At Burning Man Festival
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A man has died after running into a blazing festival display on Saturday night at the infamous Burning Man Festival, according to the Pershing County Sheriff's Office in Nevada.
Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, broke through two sets of security guards, running into the 12-metre "Man" statue which is annually set on fire at the closing of the desert festival.
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The victim was treated on the scene before being transported to an on-site medical facility. He was then airlifted to UC Davis Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center where he was pronounced dead on Sunday morning, with his family being immediately notified.
According to an official statement from the Nevada Pershing County Sheriff the man was not under the influence of alcohol with a toxicology screening still pending.
"We don't know if it was intentional on his part or if it was just kind of induced by drugs. We're not sure of that yet," said Jerry Allen.
The festival shut down all scheduled morning burns but continued witht their burning of the "Temple" on Sunday evening.
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"We're aware this incident has affected not only those who responded immediately on the scene, but also those who witnessed it, and our Black Rock City community more broadly. We are working to make resources available to those affected," their official website stated.
Our thoughts go out to the victim and his family during this difficult time.
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