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Man dies after falling from bonfire ahead of Eleventh Night celebrations in Northern Ireland | UK news

A person died as a result of a bonfire more than 15 meters high in Northern Ireland.

Police say it appears the man, in his 30s, was helping with a bonfire when the accident happened on the Antiville estate in Larne, Co Antrim, on Saturday night.

Immediately after 21:30, the police and ambulance officers arrived at the scene of the death, and he died on the spot.

The bonfire was built from stacked wooden pallets and is one of many built in loyalist areas across Northern Ireland ahead of the traditional Eleventh Night celebrations.

The bonfires are lit to kick off the main date of the Protestant faithful parade season, the twelfth of July.

The construction of the Antiville fire was nearing completion when the incident occurred.

Area MP Sammy Wilson, who visited the scene on Saturday evening, said the community was in shock.

“My thoughts and sympathies are with this man’s family,” said the NDP deputy.

“It’s a real tragedy for people in the faithful community at this special time of year.

“The family is well-known in the area and I’m sure that will be greatly felt in the community.”

Mr Wilson said he understood the bonfire would now be removed.

The police called on the witnesses to come forward.

Superintendent Adrian Bryan of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said: “Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

The Craigyhill estate’s record-breaking bonfire attempt will continue

The fatal fall in Antiville came as Larne headlined another bonfire in the city.

At the nearby Craigiehill estate, bonfire builders are attempting to break the world record for the tallest bonfire, which currently stands at 198 feet (60.4 meters).

Builders said they would go ahead with their record bid in tribute to the man who died.

In Northern Ireland, the Twelfth Commemorates the victory of the Protestant King William of Orange over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne, north of Dublin, in 1690, securing the Protestant line of succession to the British Crown.

Man dies after falling from bonfire ahead of Eleventh Night celebrations in Northern Ireland | UK news

Source Man dies after falling from bonfire ahead of Eleventh Night celebrations in Northern Ireland | UK news

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