Sunday 19 August 2018

Burning Man festival horror: man who died after diving into flames was attending event for the first time

The Burning Man festival's trademark ceremony (Andy Barron/Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)
The Burning Man festival's trademark ceremony (Andy Barron/Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The mother of a man who died after plunging into a massive fire at the Burning Man festival says he was attending the festival in Nevada for the first time.

Authorities say Aaron Joel Mitchell was not under the influence of alcohol, but toxicology tests are under way for other drugs.

Mr Mitchell's mother told the Reno Gazette Journal that he worked in construction and loved the outdoors.

Johnnye Mitchell says her son was from McAlester, Oklahoma, and had been living in Switzerland with his wife.

The 41-year-old died after breaking through two layers of security as a giant wooden effigy burned on Saturday.

The festival ended on Sunday with the burning of another giant wooden figure.

About 50,000 people attended that signature ceremony.

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