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The pyre of tyres

TyresStacked by their thousands, the tyres in this tower cast a long shadow over nearby houses.

The four-storey pyre is due to be set alight tonight at the start of loyalist celebrations of the Battle of the Boyne.

But some locals in Ballycraigy, County Antrim, say the man-made mountain of tyres and pallets is a major risk to health and should be dismantled. They say it could collapse dangerously and give off toxic fumes when on fire.

One onlooker said: 'The heat from it would be tremendous, you only have to think what would happen if it collapsed towards the houses, it would be pandemonium.'Gary Davison, fire chief in Ballymena, said: 'There is a danger of young people drinking and smoking inside these dens and there have been incidents where young children have been involved and gotten burned.'

Safety barriers have been erected around the pyre which has been built with the help of wooden pallets. The pyramid is topped by an Irish tricolor.

Bonfire committee workers have already removed tyres from seven of the nine bonfires in the area on safety grounds.

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Link & Image: DailyMail
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