Man dies after fall from bonfire in Northern Ireland

The campfire is more than 50 feet tall.

The incident happened at the Antiville estate in Larne, Co. Antrim on Saturday night.

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Police and ambulances were at the scene following the fatal incident, which occurred just after 9:30 p.m. on Saturday (July 9).

The campfire, made up of stacked wooden pallets, is more than 50 feet tall.

Why was there a campfire?

It is one of many to be built ahead of the traditional Eleventh Night celebrations in loyalist areas across Northern Ireland.

The bonfires are lit to herald the main date of the Protestant Loyalist parade season – July 12.

Construction of the Antiville Fire was nearing completion when the incident occurred.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police stay at the crime scene?

The police were unobtrusively present at the campfire on Sunday morning.

Regional MP Sammy Wilson, who attended the scene on Saturday night, said the community was shocked.

“My thoughts and condolences go out to this man’s family,” the DUP MP told the PA news agency.

“It is a real tragedy at a special time of year for the people of the loyalist community.

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

Mr Wilson said he understood the bonfire would now be removed by members of the community.

Another record-breaking bonfire is being built at Larne

The fatal fall in Antiville came as Larne had made headlines about another bonfire in the town.

Bonfire builders at the nearby Craigyhill estate are attempting to break a world record for the tallest bonfire, which currently stands at 198 feet.

Twelfth commemorations in Northern Ireland commemorate 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 – a triumph that secured a Protestant succession to the British Crown.