Burning Man Festival: man dies after running into fire

SHOCKING photographs have captured the moment when a man ran straight into white-hot flames at a festival.

Fire rescue officers chased him as they tried to stop him from entering the inferno at Burning Man festival yesterday but were unable to do so, reports The Sun.

The unnamed man was transported to an onsite medical facility and then later flown to a burn treatment centre, TMZ has reported.

A statement from the Burning Man Festival's web site said the person was flown to a hospital's burn centre. He later died there.

The arts and music festival features the burning of a giant wooden effigy each year, with the humanoid structure reaching approximately 50 feet into the air.

Some 70,000 people from all over the world are thought to attend the gathering, and the man is believed to have dodged a number of security personnel to reach the flames.

In this Aug. 31, 2013, file photo, the
In this Aug. 31, 2013, file photo, the "Man" burns on the Black Rock Desert at Burning Man near Gerlach, Nev.

The harrowing incident in the Black Rock Desert is not the first time someone has done something of this nature.

In 2014 Christopher Wallace ran into an inferno at the Element 11 festival in Utah- a spin-off of the Burning Man event.

Someone claiming to be an eyewitness to that event wrote about what they saw on the internet forum site Reddit.

The poster, using the name Faedroid, said a security perimeter was set up roughly 60 feet away from the structure.

In this Aug. 31, 2013, file photo, the
In this Aug. 31, 2013, file photo, the "Man" burns on the Black Rock Desert at Burning Man near Gerlach, Nev.

The effigy burned for around 10 minutes before Wallace headed towards the structure while being chased by security guards.

Following the death, authorities established that the 30-year-old had intended to take his own life and had told other festival-goers of his plans.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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