Burning Man fire ceremony victim identified

The Guardian U.K. – AP

“Authorities are investigating the death of a man who ran through cordons of security officers into a massive fire at the Burning Man festival.

Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, broke through a two-layer security perimeter during the Man Burn ceremony in which a giant wooden effigy was set on fire late on Saturday night.

Jerry Allen, the sheriff of Pershing county in Nevada, estimated there were about 50,000 people present when the festival’s crew of firefighters pulled Mitchell out of the blaze. He was airlifted to the UC Davis hospital burn centre in California, but died on Sunday morning. The sheriff said doctors confirmed Mitchell was not under the influence of alcohol, but a toxicology report is pending.”

More details at The Guardian.

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