Aaron Joel Mitchell, a US citizen who lived in Switzerland has reportedly died after jumping into the massive fire lit up for the ‘Burning Man’ festival. He dodged several layers of security before falling into the huge fire that is an integral part of the festival that is annually held in the Nevada desert.
While he is said to be not reportedly drunk when he jumped into the sky-high fire, it is yet to be decided if he intentionally fell into the fire or fell by accident.
Reports suggest that the efforts to rescue him from the huge fire were hampered by falling burning debris. Pershing County Sheriff’s Office said that the fire department personnel’s all efforts were hampered by the falling debris. Later he was somehow pulled from the fire and flown to the nearest burn center in Sacramento, California.
The Sheriff’s office said that the man who was badly burnt couldn’t be saved and was pronounced dead Sunday.
There are several layers of safety during the Burning Man festival. Black Rock City is patrolled by various local and state law enforcement agencies as well as the Bureau of Land Management Rangers. Burning Man also has its own in-house group of volunteers, the Black Rock Rangers, who act as informal mediators when disputes arise between participants.
Besides, firefighting, emergency medical services (EMS), mental health, and communications support is provided by the volunteer Black Rock City Emergency Services Department (ESD). Three “MASH”-like stations are set up in the city: station 3, 6 and 9. Station 6 is staffed by physicians and nurses working with a contracted state licensed ALS Medical provider, while Stations 3 and 9 are staffed by Black Rock City ESD personnel. Burning Man is an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City—a temporary city erected in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The event is described as an experiment in community and art, influenced by 10 main principles: “radical” inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy and leaving no trace.
In the meantime the reason behind Mitchell’s drastic step was not known, the sheriff said. Citing the doctors who treated him, he said Mitchell was not under the influence of alcohol, but a toxicology report was awaited. Allen also said it was not certain whether the act was carried out under the influence of drugs, CBS News reported.
This is not the first incident of this kind during the hugely popular festival. In 2014, a man died in Utah after plunging into a huge ceremonial bonfire at the Element 11 Arts Festival, a local version of the Burning Man festival.
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Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, from Oklahoma has been identified as the man who died at Burning man https://t.co/swzbiRofGW
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Aaron Joel Mitchell McAlester, Oklahoma born native who’d taken up residence in Switzerland pic.twitter.com/ZaeRD4iWFM
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