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Man dies while building 50 foot tall bonfire

A man died in an accident while helping to build a bonfire at a site in County Antrim has been named locally as John Steele.

He was in his 30s and from the Antiville area of Larne.

It happened at the Antiville bonfire in Fairway at about 21:30 local time on Saturday.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said it had responded to reports a man had fallen from a height. A rapid response paramedic, two emergency crews and a doctor were dispatched.

The bonfire is currently being dismantled.

Constructed from stacked wooden pallets, it stood at more than 50ft tall.

It was one of many being built across Northern Ireland ahead of the traditional July celebrations.

They are usually lit to mark the Eleventh night, before the Twelfth of July.

It is part of the commemorations to mark the victory of the Protestant King William of Orange, over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

The Antiville Bonfire Facebook page paid tribute to the man as “a true Antivillian through and through, born and bred”.

In a post they said: “A dark cloud has certainly risen over the Antiville estate today.

“Our deepest and sincere condolences are sent from our hearts to his entire family circle at this heart-breaking time.

“Please give the family their time and privacy at this, obviously, hard time for them.”