A man who received severe burn injuries after jumping into the flames of the Burning Man festival has reportedly lost his life. The man had reportedly evaded two layers of security and fell into the massive fire that is part of the celebrations. To be true the burning man is the central to the celebrations here.
It is not yet known if the man accidentally fell into the huge fire or tried to take his own life by jumping into the fire.
Investigations have been launched in the death of 42-year old man, Aaron Joel Mitchell. Eyewitness accounts suggest that Aaron Joel Mitchell ran past security and fire officials and into the blaze of a 40-foot wooden statue that is set on fire each year during the very popular festival.
Over the years Burning Man festival has grown substantially. First held in 1986 on Baker Beach in San Francisco as a small function organized by Larry Harvey and a group of friends, it has since been held annually, spanning from the last Sunday in August to the first Monday in September (the U.S. Labor Day).
Burning Man has become a huge attraction for free spirited people who come here from around the globe. At Burning Man, the community explores various forms of artistic self-expression, created in celebration for the pleasure of all participants. Participation is a key precept for the community – selfless giving of one’s unique talents for the enjoyment of all is encouraged and actively reinforced. Some of these generous outpourings of creativity can include experimental and interactive sculpture, building, performance, and art cars among other media, often inspired by the yearly theme, chosen by organizers.
At this year’s Burning Man, according to Nevada’s Pershing County Sheriff Jerry Allen, there were 50,000 people who were present when the festival’s crew of firefighters pulled Mitchell out of the blaze. Aaron Joel Mitchell was airlifted to the UC Davis hospital burn center in California, where he died Sunday morning. The sheriff said doctors confirmed Mitchell wasn’t under the influence of alcohol, but a toxicology report is pending.
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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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Sheriff Jerry Allen says, “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”. Jerry Allen was a U.S. citizen who had a home in Oklahoma but apparently was living in Switzerland with his wife.
The sheriff’s office also says that the attempts to rescue Mitchell were hampered because part of the structure was falling as they were trying to get him out. The sheriff’s office says: “Rescuers had to leave him to allow the structure to fall and provide for rescuer safety before they could go back into the flames to extract Aaron from the debris.” Burning Man festival Nevada 2017 hasn’t stopped despite the incident. It continues despite some hiccups.