This weekend, thousands gathered in Nevada for the annual Burning Man festival, but the festivities were cut short when a man ran into the festival's titular Burning Man effigy on Saturday night.
September 4-A 41-year-old man who died after rushing into a Burning Man blaze Saturday night was on his first trip to the festival, according to his parents.
Burning Man is set to end Monday.
Mitchell was treated at the scene and airlifted to University of California-Davis burn center where he died Sunday morning.
A toxicology report is pending, even though doctors confirmed Mitchell was not intoxicated before his death. "We're not sure of that yet".
Mitchell somehow got through the layers of security officers the festival provides to prevent this kind of incident from happening. Rescuers had to wait until the structure fell before they could go back into the flames and safely extract him from the debris, the sheriff said.
Reports state the Switzerland-residing U.S. citizen broke through security before running into the fire which burns a 50 foot wooden statue of a man.
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Investigators are having a hard time getting information as festival-goers leave the site for their homes, the law enforcement agency said.
The man who kept running into Burning Man celebration's mark consuming of a transcending representation has kicked the bucket, a sheriff in Nevada declared Sunday.
Mitchell's mother says he was attending the festival in Nevada for the first time, and told the Reno Gazette Journal that he worked in construction and loved the outdoors. Fire personnel attempted to pull him out but falling portions of the burning structure hindered their efforts. Burning Man is providing resources for all those effected, from witnesses to family and friends of the deceased.
Over the years, the event has gained popularity, causing an increase in crimes committed at the event such as auto crashes and drug use.
In 2014, a man in Utah died by jumping into a huge ceremonial bonfire in an event that was similar to Burning Man.