A man has died after running into the flames of the famous burning ceremony at Burning Man in Nevada.
According to the county sheriff Jerry Allen, the man ran through a chain of security officers at about 10:30pm on Saturday night. He was rescued by firefighters, but later died in the UC Davis hospital burns unit in California.
It is reported that the man directly jumped into the flames of the bonfire, to the horror of the many onlookers. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he was not under the influence of alcohol, but a full toxicology report is pending.
The New York Daily News has identified the man as 41-year-old Aaron Joel Mitchell.
The festival organisers confirmed the incident in a statement:
At approximately 10.30pm Saturday evening, a male participant at the annual Burning Man event in northern Nevada broke through a safety perimeter and ran into a fire.
Black Rock City fire personnel rescued him from the fire. The individual was treated on the scene, transported to the on-site medical facility and airlifted to a burn treatment center.
Around 70,000 people attend the gathering in the Black Rock Desert. It is due to end on Monday.