Man evidently burns himself to death at witch-burning celebration

A 27-year-old man died after apparently setting himself on fire at a traditional čarodějnice (witch-burning) celebration in the village of Vesce in south Moravia. Revellers spotted the man on fire near the bonfire at the centre of the celebration, and attempted to douse the flames. However, he died on the scene of third degree burns. Police said the man’s clothes smelled of petrol and that it appeared to be a case of suicide.

Author: Ian Willoughby