Eleventh night bonfire in Belfast prematurely goes up in smoke
An eleventh night bonfire has been set on fire in Belfast, months before it was supposed to be lit.
The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue service told the Belfast Telegraph that one engine had been set to Milltown Road in the Shaw's Bridge area at after 9pm.
It remained at the scene at 10.20pm.
Beside the busy four lane Milltown Road near Shaws Bridge south Belfast fire fighters deal with a prematurely lit 12th bonfire tonight. It’s May 2 pic.twitter.com/AGrYFR8p7K— Gareth Gordon (@BBCGarethG) May 2, 2018
The bonfire was being prepared for the traditional celebrations on July 11 when loyalists across the province begin to mark the Twelfth of July commemorations.
Residents in the area have previously spoken of their frustration about the amount of pallets, debris and rubbish the preparations for the bonfire had caused.
Staff from the Department for Infrastructure removed some tree cuttings and an old wardrobe last month following a complaint about fly-tipping.
The Housing Executive also erected steel barriers around pallets at the site.
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