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crash and burn Shocking video captures moment enormous Armagh bonfire collapses under its own weight

The pyre was lit early this year year because the Eleventh Night falls on a Sunday


This is the moment an enormous bonfire collapsed in Ulster.

The bonfire was lit last night in Portadown, County Armagh, two nights before the Eleventh Night, when bonfires are traditionally lit, because July 11 falls on a Sunday this year.

Other bonfires across the province will be lit tonight.

The NIFRS attended the bonfire, and nobody was hurt when the pyre collapsed, however several cries of concern were heard during the video as the enormous structure gave way.

Some of the crowd, including women and children, were seen running away as the behemoth began to lean and collapse.

On Monday, the Twelfth parades will be curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions in place.

Speaking after meeting Orange Order representatives, Jeffrey Donaldson said: "The 12th July celebrations are not just important for the Orange Institution, but they represent one of the largest and most vibrant cultural celebrations in the UK or beyond. Whilst last year we celebrated the "12th at home", this year there will be a return to the parades and demonstrations many of us enjoy, albeit scaled back to reflect the ongoing restrictions and public health concerns.”

Speaking of the ongoing dispute over the Northern Ireland protocol, he added: “Those roots right to the heart of our community mean that members of the Orange Institution have felt the economic impact of the Northern Ireland Protocol as well as understanding the constitutional damage it brings. The Institution stands alongside every single unionist elected representative in Northern Ireland in opposition to the Protocol and the barriers to trade it has created. The Orange Institution represents part of civic society in Northern Ireland and the views it articulates should be heeded by our government."

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