UPDATE: Man who ran into the flames during Burning Man 2017 has died

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Photo (JIM BOURG/REUTERS)

Yesterday was announced that attendee ran straight into the flames during this year’s Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nevada.

He slipped through a safety perimeter and sprinted for the flames. The man had to dodge a number of rangers and law enforcement personnel in order to reach the fire, which stretches approximately 50 feet into the air.

According to Burning Man’s official website, worst-case scenario has happened. Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41 years old, succumbed Sunday morning to injuries suffered after the incident. His family has been advised of his death. Burning Man is now working with local and federal law enforcement agencies, and an investigation is currently ongoing.

The Burning Man organization canceled scheduled burns through noon Sunday but will proceed with the scheduled Temple burn at 8 p.m. Sunday night.

Alex Gelevski
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