SHOCK SPECTACLE: Burning Man Festival Produces First Live Burning Man
Stunned Burning Man festival-goers watch in horror as man dodges firefighters and rangers to dive into flames of blazing effigy
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- The man evaded several rangers and security guards to sprint straight into the huge burning structure
- He was rescued from the blaze and treated him on scene before he was airlifted to a burn center
- It is not yet known if the man died as a result of the shocking incident and he has not been identified publicly
- Approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gathered for the festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert
- A man died in 2014 after running into the flames of a Burning Man event in Ohio spin-off festival in Ohio
Emergency services bravely tried to rescue a festival-goer who ran straight into the Burning Man during Nevada’s famous arts and music festival.
Approximately 70,000 people from all over the world have gathered for the annual Burning Man festival, which is taking place in the Black Rock Desert.
But crowds were horrified when one reveller made a beeline for the giant wooden effigy and was engulfed by the flames.
He had to dodge a number of rangers and law enforcement personnel in order to reach the fire, which stretches approximately 50 feet into the air.
It is not yet known if the man died as a result of the shocking incident.
Festival organizers issued a statement through its website to say that at ‘approximately 10.30pm Saturday evening, a male participant at the annual Burning Man event in Northern Nevada broke through a safety perimeter and into into a fire. Black Rock City fire personnel rescued him from the fire.’
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A Burning Man participant evading the attempted tackles of multiple rangers and law enforcement personnel ran into the flames of the ‘Man Burn’ on Saturday night
‘The individual was treated on scene, transported to the on-site medical facility and airlifted to a burn center’.
During the fiery destruction of the 50-foot-tall man, thousands of participants danced and partied at the annual event, which is held two hours north of Reno on an ancient dry lake bed.
Saturday marked the height of the art and music festival celebration, where Burners had gathered to witness the lighting of the symbolic ritual burning of the huge wooden effigy.
Prior to the burn, The Man towered over the temporary city for a week. The event on Saturday night is traditionally rowdy while the event Sunday night is the subdued burning of the Temple.
Saturday marks the height of the festival , where thousands will gather in the evening to witness the lighting of ‘the Man’
Temperatures in the desert have exceeded 100 degrees at times, while punishing dust storms covered most of the desert gala in sand over the past few days
The Temple is another wooden structure that has been stuffed with notes, memories and remembrances from festival goers throughout the week. It will also be burned Sunday evening.
This year’s festival theme is Radical Ritual, with organizers inviting participants to celebrate ‘the ambiguous ground that lies between reverence and ridicule, faith and belief, the absurd and the stunningly sublime,’ according to the official Burning Man website.
Dozens of art installations were constructed before the end of the weekend, some made from wire, others as patterns on the ground and some as immersive experiences.
Stunning photographs show the larger-than-life art installations that are the focal points of this year’s festival theme of Radical Ritual, which is to honor rituals that humankind has made, including the festival.
The event’s website says: ‘Burning Man is permeated with rituals. These rites speak of soulful need; the desire to belong to a place, to belong to a time, to belong to one another, and to belong to something that is greater than ourselves, even in the midst of impermanence.
‘Throughout all ages temples have been built in order to induce these feelings.’
Every year, several ‘temples’ are built according to a theme and on the last day, they are burned down in a ritualistic ceremony.
The festival, which began in 1986 as a bonfire, has erected a temple commemorating the Golden Spike and participants are invited to visit the shrine and make offerings that embody what Burning Man’s culture means to them.
The ‘Rabid Transit’ Burning Man art car erupts with flames from it’s onboard propane poofers during the seventh night of festivities
Since money is practically outlawed on the site, ‘Burners’ are urged to barter for commodities and in the past fans have taken to social media to swap items such as crystals for festival tickets.
The remote week-long rave is often described as ‘where Mad Max meets Woodstock’.
Temperatures in the desert have exceeded 100 degrees at times, while punishing dust storms covered most of the desert gala in sand earlier in the week.
The art and music festival runs over nine days until September 4 in the Black Rock Desert, which was transformed into a ‘metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance’.
THE TEN PRINCIPLES OF BURNING MAN
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.