A 41 year old man attending the Burning Man festival in Nevada has passed away.

The man, who was identified as Aaron Joel Mitchell, was airlifted to a nearby hospital after he reportedly broke through several gates and levels of security to run straight in to one of the fires, or ‘burns’ as they are called. Pershing County Sheriff  Jerry Alan says the incident took place Saturday evening at around 10:30pm.

Early reports indicate that the man was not under the influence of alcohol but officials are still awaiting the results of the toxicology reports.

The festival cancelled several of the remaining burns that were scheduled, but continued with the Temple Burn Sunday evening.

You can see an image of one of the burns that takes place during Burning Man below.

Burning Man Festival

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