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Man dies after throwing himself into a burning man at Burning Man

Man dies after throwing himself into a burning man at Burning Man
The burning of huge effigies is a central part of the Burning Man festival, America’s legendary ‘get lost in the desert’ event, but a tragedy occurred at the weekend. A man broke through two layers of security and, with tens of thousands watching, threw himself into a blazing forty foot effigy. Firefighters were on the scene, but the man died in hospital from burns. Therapy is being provided for everyone on the scene.
 
No word yet on why he did this, and it wouldn’t be fair to speculate, but here’s a statement from the organisers: 
 
“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…
 
Mr. Mitchell’s family has been advised of his death. Burning Man is working with local and federal law enforcement agencies, and an investigation is currently ongoing.
 
After being pulled from the fire by Black Rock City fire personnel, Mr. Mitchell was treated on scene, transported to the on-site medical facility, and airlifted to UC Davis Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center. He succumbed after arriving at the burn center.
 
The Burning Man organization cancelled scheduled burns through noon Sunday but will proceed with the scheduled Temple burn at 8p.m. Sunday night.
 
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. Here are some available now:
 
Emotional support teams have been made available to participants and staff. For people on playa, the Zendo Project is providing peer counselling at their space at 5:15 & A. Support staff from our Emergency Services Department’s Crisis Intervention Team are stationed at 3:00 & C, 9:00 & C, and 5:30 & Esplanade. Please seek them out.
 
If you are not on playa and are feeling the need to talk to someone, don’t wait. You can reach 24/7 crisis and suicide hotlines at 1-800-273-8255 or 775-784-8090. You can also text LISTEN to 839863.”
“Now is a time for closeness, contact and community. Trauma needs processing. Promote calls, hugs, self-care, check-ins, and sleep.”
 

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