Thousands ‘Watch Man Die’ After Running Into Fire
A young man is reported to have died after running into a white-hot inferno at the US Burning Man festival.
Our community is grieving after an incident during last night’s Burn. Here is our response. https://t.co/kbmd709CLF— Burning Man (@burningman) September 3, 2017
Fire fighters and security attempted to stop the man from entering the flames but were unsuccessful.
"Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, succumbed Sunday morning to injuries suffered after breaking through a safety perimeter Saturday night and running into a fire at the annual Burning Man event in northern Nevada," the Burning Man official statement read.
It has been reported that the man was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident, however a toxicology test is pending.
The Burning Man festival attracts about 70,000 people from around the world to the Black Rock desert. It is a music and arts festival that features a 50ft tall bonfire, which is where the festival takes it's name from.
Horrific images have begun emerging of the moment that he ran towards the inferno.
Burning man at Burning Man Festival pic.twitter.com/Ga2EfD4m4w— Bikash Karki 📂 (@Bikashkarki5) September 3, 2017
It is believed that the man intended to take his own life, having spoken to other people at the festival about his plan.
The official festival have also opened up a number of avenues for those affected by this tragedy to get emotional and psychological help.
Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.