Loyalist bonfire 'halted over safety'

Published Wednesday, 26 June 2013
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Organisers of a huge loyalist bonfire in Newtownabbey have called a halt to the building of the towering structure in the Ballyduff estate, over safety fears from local residents.

Loyalist bonfire 'halted over safety'
The bonfire in the Ballyduff estate has been causing safety concerns. (© Pacemaker)

A Facebook page about the bonfire has been tracking its progress over recent weeks, charting efforts to make the pile of pallets one of the largest built for the Eleventh Night.

But it emerged that there were serious fears for the nearby houses ahead of the lighting of the bonfire, with suggestions firefighters may have to douse homes with foam in a bid to protect them from flames and sparks.

A post made by the organisers on Wednesday said a decision had been taken not to continue adding to the structure.

Under no circumstances will we put our own people's properties at risk.

Ballyduff bonfire organisers

"No more materials will be added to it ..." the statement read.

"This decision was made for the safety of the residents and their properties. Our hands have not been forced in any way by anyone."

DUP MLA Paul Girvan welcomed the development on Twitter.

"Bonfire being removed to new location 500 yards away. Tyres removed. Residents happy," he said.

© UTV News
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38 Comments
Tommy in Co Antrim wrote (296 days ago):
Michael in T'patrick - The SF & SDLP plan to force the removal of the union flag at city hall despite knowing it would cause a massive loyalist backlash tells us all we need to know about their version of a "shared future".
pete in belfast wrote (299 days ago):
They do this in their communities every year and then spend the rest of the year crying we get naffin. I mean look at the place, its horrible looking, what a mess and it hasnt even started yet..... Can you move your big fire incase you burn my house down, ok we will move it across the street. Idiot's
Michael in Templepatrick wrote (300 days ago):
Btw Paul Girvans comment about burning the Irish tricolor on a bonfire tells us all we need to know about the DUP 's version of a 'shared future' and indeed unionist culture in general.
Michael in Templepatrick wrote (300 days ago):
Eejits! Isn't burning tyres on a bonfire an illegal health hazard now anyway?
Tommy in Co Antrim wrote (300 days ago):
Eamo - I am in shock, you have actually posted a comment that is not bigoted or offensive! In fact even as a loyalist I agree with you to a greater extent that the Ballyduff residents were right, this bonfire was too close to the houses and all loyalist bonfires should be environmentally friendly nowadays, no tyres or items that give off toxic fumes should be burned.
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