US Man who died at Burning Man was attending for first time

04:40  05 september  2017
04:40  05 september  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — The mother of a man who died after plunging into a massive fire at the Burning Man festival says he was attending the festival

RENO, Nev. — The mother of a man who died after plunging into a massive fire at the Burning Man festival says he was attending the festival in Nevada for the first time . Authorities say Aaron Joel Mitchell wasn’t under the influence of alcohol, but toxicology tests are underway for other drugs.

The Man is engulfed in flames as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gathered for the annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. © REUTERS/Jim Urquhart The Man is engulfed in flames as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gathered for the annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. RENO, Nev. — The mother of a man who died after plunging into a massive fire at the Burning Man festival says he was attending the festival in Nevada for the first time.

Authorities say Aaron Joel Mitchell wasn't under the influence of alcohol, but toxicology tests are underway for other drugs.

Mitchell's mother told the Reno Gazette-Journal (http://on.rgj.com/2iWWskP) that he worked in construction and loved the outdoors.

Johnnye Mitchell says her son was from McAlester, Oklahoma, and had been living in Switzerland with his wife.

The 41-year-old man died after breaking through two layers of security as a giant wooden effigy burned on Saturday.

The festival ended Sunday with the burning of another giant wooden figure. About 50,000 people attended that signature ceremony.

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