Burning Man’s temple burn proceeding after death

FILE – In this Aug. 31, 2013, file photo, the “Man” burns on the Black Rock Desert at Burning Man near Gerlach, Nev. A Nevada sheriff says the man who ran into the flames at the Burning Man festival’s signature burning ceremony has died. Pershing County Sheriff Jerry Allen identified the man as Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, who died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, morning at the UC Davis hospital burn center in California. (Andy Barron/Reno Gazette-Journal, File via AP)
 BLACK ROCK CITY, Nev. (AP) —
Burning Man organizers say they still plan to hold the Nevada festival’s famed temple burning even after the death of a man who ran into the flames of its signature Man Burn event.

Authorities are investigating the death of 41-year-old Aaron Joel Mitchell, who broke through a security perimeter Saturday night to reach the fire.

Mitchell died Sunday morning at the UC Davis hospital burn center in California.

Burning Man organizers said in a statement that they had cancelled burns through noon Sunday, but would go ahead with the 8 p.m. temple burn, which signals the end of the nine-day festival.

Organizers are also offering emotional support counseling at the art and music celebration in the Black Rock Desert.

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