Larne bonfire: Council launches investigation after man's death

7/11/2022 5:16:00 PM

John Steele fell from the Antiville bonfire, which was on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council land.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has launched an investigation after a man died while helping to build a bonfire on land owned by the council in Larne.

John Steele fell from the Antiville bonfire, which was on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council land.

PA Image caption, The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said it had responded to reports that a man had fallen from a height Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has launched an investigation after a man died following an accident while helping to build a bonfire at a site in Larne.A fundraiser for the family of tragic Larne bonfire builder John Steele has raised over £3,000.View original tweet on Twitter Forever missed Daniel Crawford, a close friend of Mr Steele and one of the bonfire organisers, was there when the incident happened.Flowers have been left outside the Craigy Hill Presbyterian Church At the scene, BBC News NI Reporter Kevin Sharkey Preparations are under way to dismantle the bonfire where the man died here in Antiville last night.

John Steele, was in his 30s and from the Antiville area of the town.The accident happened at the Antiville bonfire in Fairway at about 21:30 BST on Saturday.In order to support John's family, a JustGiving page has been started by the community and has since raised £3,054 at the time of writing.The land the bonfire was on is owned by the council, which is why it is investigating."He will be forever missed.The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said it had responded to reports a man had fallen from a height.No one is ever prepared for that news to come to your door.A rapid response paramedic, two emergency crews and a doctor were dispatched."As a church, our deepest condolences are with the family and community of Antiville and Craigy Hill," he said.

The bonfire was dismantled and a memorial service was held at the site on Sunday in memory of Mr Steele."The whole town is shook at this devastating news and our hearts go out to Artie , Jackie, Kitty, his two daughters Caitlin and Macy-Lee, Catrina and the whole family circle."No father, no mother wants see that for their son, for a child.On Monday, the council said it was deeply shocked and saddened by Mr Steele's death and that its thoughts and prayers were with his family and friends.The council said it worked closely with relevant statutory partners and the community in relation to bonfires throughout the area." The bonfire at Antiville was removed by Mid and East Antrim Council on Sunday at the request of the local community."Council has developed a cultural celebrations working group with the aim of strengthening partnerships between local community leaders and statutory partners to encourage safe and responsible cultural celebrations," it added." Image caption, Rev Preston says the community will gather round Mr Steele's family in the days ahead Rev Preston said it was difficult to see the incident unfold at a bonfire, "somewhere where there is celebration, families and communities gathered"."Whilst the construction and lighting of bonfires are not council-managed events, on an ongoing basis we work closely with the community and provide any support we can.This ended with the remains of the bonfire being set alight."My thoughts and sympathy are with this man's family," he told the PA news agency.

" Constructed from stacked wooden pallets, the bonfire was more than 50ft (15m) tall.It was one of many being built across Northern Ireland ahead of the traditional July celebrations.To sign up to our FREE newsletters, see here."It's a terrible tragedy, this should have been a night of celebration," he told BBC News NI.Image source,.

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I hope the council has plenty of money on there land claim Well don’t build the Anti-Irish/Catholic/Nationalist bonfires then,nothing but a hate fest, no sympathy whatsoever. Yeah, how did they manage to conceal a 50 foot bonfire from the council in broad daylight. OF COURSE the little investigation box is NOW being ticked.

Lessons must be learned. What exactly are they investigating? Hopefully someone from the council will be prosecuted. Put an end to these environmental disasters The council and local politicians need to investigate themselves for allowing this to happen. They should have banned it and provided a safe beacon.

I'd like to know why terrorist groupings are sending wreaths and putting flags to half mast in his honour?

Over £3K raised for family of tragic Larne bonfire builderThe father-of-two died following an accident at the Antiville bonfire site on Saturday People really ought to investigate who this man was before pledging money. This is one of the 'tributes' left to him... Heart goes out to the wee family. 💔

Larne bonfire: Man dies after falling from a heightUpdate: A friend and fellow bonfire builder says organisers are 'completely heartbroken at the loss of our friend and brother' Is bonfire building a proper job? It was only a matter of time. It’s an awful shame that someone has lost their life but this was always going to happen. So sad.

Larne bonfire: Man dies after falling from a heightIt was reported the man had fallen from a height, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service says. Stupid tradition, only used to provoke hate. 日本のお祭りでもこう言う構築物を作る際の安全対策が穴のように疎か。😆 Play silly games....

Tributes paid to bonfire builder following tragic fall in Larne'John was a true Antivillian through and through born and bred, a dark cloud has certainly risen over the Antiville estate today.'

Larne: Man in his 30s dies in bonfire building accidentA man in his 30s has died after an accident while helping to build a bonfire at a site in County Antrim, police have said A terrible waste of life and a disaster for the community. When will this dangerous summer hobby be brought to an end ? Hope he's ok Tbh all unionist/loyalist leaders and mouthpieces should be calling for the dismantling of these dangerous fires how many young men have to suffer and property destroyed over these fires duponline uuponline TUVonline

Man dies after 'falling from bonfire' in LarneThe tragic death took place at the Antiville bonfire Who's fault that? Was just a matter of time. This the culture they talk about someone dies? Hsenigov allow this to happen without any concerns for H&S. Any building site would be closed down a long time ago. Those that build it so be fined My 🍆 is bigger They won’t be talking about that. 2 years in a row, one lad badly burnt now another lad lost his life. And his community won’t care