Craigyhill bonfire video shows man parachuting from 200ft structure in Larne

A video has been widely shared on social media showing a man paragliding from a bonfire in Larne on Monday evening.

The video shows the individual jumping off the Craigyhill bonfire, which measures more than 200ft, before opening a parachute and safely gliding to the ground while people gathered to look on.

The pyre in Larne is known to be the "world's tallest bonfire", and this year the structure consists of 363 pallets, with a 35ft beacon on top.

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Last year, the bonfire measured 210ft, with organisers beating their previous record achieved in 2022 when they beat a 202ft bonfire. This beat the previous world record of 198ft set in Austria in 2019.

This year, organisers hope the structure can reach 220ft, and measuring is currently underway.

Although safety concerns have been raised, organisers have always insisted that safety is a top priority. Speaking to Belfast Live last year, David, a member of the Craigyhill Bonfire Committee, said bonfire builders engage with the fire service and police to ensure the event runs smoothly.

He explained: "Safety has always been our number one priority at the bonfire and all of our builders wear harnesses and hard hats while working and have also taken a bonfire safety course with the fire service. We also have a padlocked security fence in place around the bonfire to make sure that nobody is able to access the site and put themselves at risk.

"We are also using telehandlers and cranes for the taller sections of the bonfires to further ensure the safety of the builders taking part.

"We are fully aware of the risks though and understand that there will always be an element of danger in what we are doing, but it is a risk that we are willing to accept, similar to any dangerous job or hobby like working on scaffolding or TT road racing."

Bonfire builders at Craigyhill have also spoken against "unfair negativity" they have received. David added: "While we do get some nasty messages, these are greatly outnumbered by the messages of support that we have received from as far away as New Zealand and it is these messages of encouragement that keep pushing us on because we know that we are reaching people across the world."

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