Northern Ireland: A man falls to his death helping to build a 50ft high bonfire

The scene where a man died after falling from a campfire at the Antiville estate in Larne, Co Antrim last night. Police and ambulances were at the scene shortly after the fatal incident shortly after 9:30 p.m. The police stayed at the scene this morning. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire

Police are on site at the bonfire being taken down following the tragic fall (Image: PA)

A man has died in Northern Ireland after falling from a 50ft bonfire.

Construction of the Antiville fire was almost complete when the man fell to his death from a wooden pallet.

Emergency services rushed to the scene in Larne, Co Antrim on Saturday night but the man, who is believed to be in his 30s, has been pronounced dead.

The bonfire was one of many being built ahead of the traditional “Eleventh Night” celebrations in loyalist areas across Northern Ireland.

They are lit to herald the main date of the parade season of Protestant allegiance – July 12th.

Police maintained a presence at the site this morning. Area Assemblyman Sammy Wilson said the community was in shock.

“My thoughts and condolences are with this man’s family,” said the DUP MP.

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

A huge bonfire towering over surrounding homes is being prepared in the Loyalist Craigyhill area of ​​Larne, Northern Ireland on Friday 8th July 2022. The campfire makers hope to break the world record for the tallest campfire in the world. Thousands are lit in Protestant areas on the evening of July 11 to mark the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when King William of Orange defeated King James. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

In the same city, a record-breaking bonfire is being prepared and lit in honor of the deceased (Image: AP)

“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. Witnesses are asked to come forward.

Inspector Adrian Bryan said: “We know the man was helping to build the campfire when this tragic accident happened. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.’

The fatal fall came as Larne had made headlines about another bonfire around town.

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

The builders said they would continue their record bid in honor of the man.

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