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Eleventh Night bonfires across Northern Ireland see 40% decrease in incidents - pictures and videos

Bonfires were lit across Northern Ireland on the Eleventh night as bonfires passed off without major disorder.

Despite tension in the build up over contentious bonfires in Portadown and east Belfast, the night itself went ahead with minimal fuss.

Around 2000 people gathered outside Avoniel Leisure Centre for the lighting of the bonfire after council were unable to find contractors to remove the material from the site.

The site was evacuated following a bomb threat and death threat issued to East Belfast Cultural Collective spokesperson Jamie Bryson, but following a police search the site was reopened and the bonfire went ahead.

A bonfire in the Corcrain/Redmanville area of Portadown was lit on Wednesday, after a number of residents were told to leave their homes due to the risk to their property.

Other large bonfires were lit across the province including in Londonderry, Larne, and Sandy Row in Belfast.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said that there was a "significant decrease" in the number of call outs compared to last year.

Between 6pm and 1am the fire service received a total of 136 emergency calls and mobilised to 91 operational incidents, 34 of these were bonfire related.

A NIFRS spokesperson said "this represents a 40% decrease on the number of bonfire incidents attended during the same period in 2018.

"This is the lowest number of bonfire related incidents received by NIFRS since 2015," the spokesperson said.

People attend an 11th night Bonfire in the Sandy Row area of Belfast. Photo credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People attend an 11th night Bonfire in the Sandy Row area of Belfast. Photo credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People attend an 11th night Bonfire in Cluan Place, Belfast, as hundreds of bonfires were set to be lit at midnight, as part of a loyalist tradition to mark the anniversary of the Protestant King William's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 11, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Bonfires. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Members of the fire service work to contain an 11th night Bonfire in Cluan Place, Belfast, as hundreds of bonfires were set to be lit at midnight, as part of a loyalist tradition to mark the anniversary of the Protestant King William's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 11, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Bonfires. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People attend an 11th night Bonfire in Cluan Place, Belfast, as hundreds of bonfires were set to be lit at midnight, as part of a loyalist tradition to mark the anniversary of the Protestant King William's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 11, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Bonfires. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People attend an 11th night Bonfire in Cluan Place, Belfast, as hundreds of bonfires were set to be lit at midnight, as part of a loyalist tradition to mark the anniversary of the Protestant King William's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 11, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Bonfires. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Members of the fire service work to contain an 11th night Bonfire in Cluan Place, Belfast, as hundreds of bonfires were set to be lit at midnight, as part of a loyalist tradition to mark the anniversary of the Protestant King William's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 11, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Bonfires. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People attend an 11th night Bonfire in the Sandy Row area of Belfast, as hundreds of bonfires were set to be lit at midnight, as part of a loyalist tradition to mark the anniversary of the Protestant King William's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 11, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Bonfires. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People attend an 11th night Bonfire in the Sandy Row area of Belfast, as hundreds of bonfires were set to be lit at midnight, as part of a loyalist tradition to mark the anniversary of the Protestant King William's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 11, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Bonfires. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People attend an 11th night Bonfire in the Sandy Row area of Belfast, as hundreds of bonfires were set to be lit at midnight, as part of a loyalist tradition to mark the anniversary of the Protestant King William's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Bonfires. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Members of the fire service work to contain an 11th night Bonfire in Cluan Place, Belfast, as hundreds of bonfires were set to be lit at midnight, as part of a loyalist tradition to mark the anniversary of the Protestant King William's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 11, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Bonfires. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People watch from hotel rooms an 11th night Bonfire in the Sandy Row area of Belfast, as hundreds of bonfires were set to be lit at midnight, as part of a loyalist tradition to mark the anniversary of the Protestant King William's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Bonfires. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People attend an 11th night Bonfire in the Sandy Row area of Belfast, as hundreds of bonfires were set to be lit at midnight, as part of a loyalist tradition to mark the anniversary of the Protestant King William's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Bonfires. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People attend an 11th night Bonfire in the Sandy Row area of Belfast, as hundreds of bonfires were set to be lit at midnight, as part of a loyalist tradition to mark the anniversary of the Protestant King William's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 11, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Bonfires. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th July 2019 Pictured: Avoniel Bonfire, East Belfast Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
The Craigyhill bonfire in Larne is lit on July 12th 2019 celebrating the victory of King William over King James during the battle of the Boyne (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The Craigyhill bonfire in Larne is lit on July 12th 2019 celebrating the victory of King William over King James during the battle of the Boyne (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The Craigyhill bonfire in Larne is lit on July 12th 2019 celebrating the victory of King William over King James during the battle of the Boyne (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The Craigyhill bonfire in Larne is lit on July 12th 2019 celebrating the victory of King William over King James during the battle of the Boyne (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The Craigyhill bonfire in Larne is lit on July 12th 2019 celebrating the victory of King William over King James during the battle of the Boyne (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The Craigyhill bonfire in Larne is lit on July 12th 2019 celebrating the victory of King William over King James during the battle of the Boyne (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The Craigyhill bonfire in Larne is lit on July 12th 2019 celebrating the victory of King William over King James during the battle of the Boyne (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The Craigyhill bonfire in Larne is lit on July 12th 2019 celebrating the victory of King William over King James during the battle of the Boyne (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th July 2019 Pictured: Sandy Row bonfire, South Belfast Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th July 2019 Pictured: Avoniel Bonfire, East Belfast Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th July 2019 Pictured: Sandy Row bonfire, South Belfast Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th July 2019 Pictured: Avoniel Bonfire, East Belfast Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th July 2019 Pictured: Sandy Row bonfire, South Belfast Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

"The majority of bonfire incidents required limited intervention by NIFRS resulting in the attendance of one appliance.

"There were no attacks on NIFRS crews or appliances whilst carrying out their operational activities throughout the province”.

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