A man has died after falling more than 50 feet (15 meters) from a bonfire in Northern Ireland.

Police say a man in his 30s is understood to have been helping to start a bonfire when the accident happened on the Antiville estate in Larne, Co Antrim, on Saturday night.

Police and paramedics attended the scene following the fatal crash, which happened just after 9.30pm, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The bonfire was built from stacked wooden pallets and is one of many being built in loyalist areas across Northern Ireland ahead of the traditional Eleventh Night celebrations.

Bonfires are lit to inaugurate the main date in the Protestant Loyalist season, the twelfth of July.

Construction on the Antiville fire was nearing completion when the incident occurred.

Area MP Sammy Wilson, who attended the scene on Saturday night, said the community was in shock.

“My thoughts and condolences are with the family of this man,” said the DUP deputy.

“This is a real tragedy at a special time of year for people in the faith community.

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

Mr Wilson said he understood the bonfire would be removed.

Police have asked for witnesses to come forward.

Inspector Adrian Brian of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said: “Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

The record-breaking bonfire attempt at Craighill Estate continues

The fatal crash in Antiville came as Larne was making headlines for yet another fire in the city.

Bonfire builders at the nearby Craighill estate are attempting to break the world record for the tallest bonfire, which currently stands at 198ft (60.4m).

The builders said they would continue their record bid as a sign of respect for the fallen man.

In Northern Ireland, twelfth anniversary events mark 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 – securing the Protestant line of succession to the British crown.

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