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Alight: there was controversy over some bonfires

Alight: there was controversy over some bonfires

Press Eye/Philip Magowan

Alight: there was controversy over some bonfires

The horrific burns to the face and body suffered by a 17-year-old boy at an Eleventh Night bonfire at Silverstream Crescent in the loyalist Ballysillan area of north Belfast is surely a siren call for the introduction of strict mandatory regulations surrounding the construction and firing of bonfires in public spaces.

While this young man battles for his life in hospital, it is surely incumbent on politicians to unite around an urgent review of how these dangerously unregulated fires can be controlled for public health and safety reasons.


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