Man rescued from the flames at Burning Man festival has died

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 morning at the UC Davis hospital burn center in California.

Allen said the man ran through two-layers of security officers at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday during the Man Burn event at the counterculture festival. The sheriff says Mitchell was rescued by firefighters and then airlifted to the hospital.

Allen said doctors confirmed Mitchell wasn’t under the influence of alcohol but that a toxicology report is pending as part of the investigation.

About 70,000 people are attending the Burning Man art and music celebration in the Black Rock Desert, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Reno.

The nine-day festival culminates with the burning of a towering 40-foot effigy made of wood, a symbol of rebirth, which usually happens the Saturday before the Labor Day holiday. It’s followed by the burning of a temple on Sunday. This year’s festival ends today.

— The Associated Press

Ghostly, translucent lobster hauled from ocean off Maine

CUMBERLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine lobstermen Alex Todd has hauled in blue lobsters and even some lobsters that were half blue, or half orange. But he says those don’t compare on the scale of weirdness to the translucent crustacean that he recently pulled up in a trap.

The lobster that Todd caught on Aug. 24 is a ghostly, pale blue. It almost looks to be transparent.

Todd, from Chebeague Island, said he knew when he saw the translucent lobster in his trap alongside mottled green and brown lobsters that this was “definitely weird.”

His photos have made the rounds on social media.

As for the lobster, he tossed it back into the ocean because its tail had been notched, flagging the lobster as an egg-bearing female. Those lobsters are off-limits for conservation reasons.

Iconic brewery smokestack in Cincinnati to be torn down

CINCINNATI (AP) — A smokestack that’s been a part of the Cincinnati skyline for more than 150 years is scheduled for demolition.

The Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority says the signature Hudepohl smokestack on top of the former Hudepohl Brewery will be torn down when demolition of the building begins in about six months. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports asbestos must be removed from the site before demolition can occur.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the site is littered with hazardous toxins like asbestos.

The redevelopment authority bought the brewery complex for $400,000 in May 2014. It estimated the cost of environmental cleanup and demolition at $4 million.

Lightning strikes car, deploys airbags on Florida highway

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Lightning struck a car driving on Interstate 95 in Florida, deploying its airbag and injuring the driver.

Brevard County fire officials say a lightning strike also injured a motorcyclist driving nearby on the same highway. Both victims were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Brevard County Fire Rescue didn’t provide information about the drivers.

The injuries were part of a stormy night in the area. Fire officials said eight homes were damaged and five tree fires were started by lightning strikes.