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Loyalist Dee Stitt says Bangor bonfire pushed over for 'structural' reasons

Rebuilding the Kilcooley bonfire in Bangor
Gareth McKeown

ONE of the largest bonfires in the north is being rebuilt after it collapsed last week.

The pyre at Kilcooley estate in Bangor toppled over on Friday and it remains unclear what exactly caused it to fall.

Video footage emerged on social media with one report stating the bonfire may have given way under its own weight. Just hours before, young people were pictured on top of the bonfire, with a crane being used to unload pallets for stacking. No one was injured as a result of the collapse.

Loyalist Dee Stitt, who has helped oversee the bonfire's construction, wrote on Twitter that it was pushed over on purpose due to "structural" and "safety" concerns.

The Charter NI chief executive added that the structure would be "built higher and stronger" in the coming days ahead of the annual Eleventh Night bonfire.

The bonfire is built every year on the large green area adjacent to West Circular Road.

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