Burning Man Releases a Statement Concerning the Recent Fatality at this Year’s Nevada Event
Tragedy quickly spread through the desert of this year’s Burning Man event as news of an extreme fatality became known to all guests. On the morning of September 3 rd, the second to last day of the event, local authorities were rushed out to Black Rock Desert to tend to the scene. Aaron Mitchell, a 41-year-old male attending the festival, was pronounced dead after breaking through security and running into the Burning Man fire.
Rescuers could not rescue the man immediately because of the hazardous conditions caused by falling debris and vicious flames. BBC News stated that the fire crew had to wait for the entire Burning Man structure to fall until it was safe enough to rush in for help. Shortly after, Mitchell was rushed to the University College Davis burn center in California, but unfortunately did not make it through. According to tests, the man was not under the influence of alcohol. The medical staff is still waiting Mitchell’s toxicology results to be released.
Burning Man has released an official response to this tragic occurrence. The encourage anyone that feels the need to talk to someone to reach out to the 24/7 crisis and suicide hotline phone numbers available in their statement. We are keeping the Mitchell family, as well as the Burning Man family in our thoughts. Read the full official statement here.