Eleventh Night safety warning

Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) has issued a strong safety warning to communities to keep bonfires a safe distance from overhead lines and substations.

An NIE spokesperson said bonfires have been erected under or close to high-voltage electricity lines in recent years, adding: “This is a very dangerous practice as the smoke and heat can cause electrical arcing and sparking, and in some cases lines may be brought down by the fire. Bonfire debris and flames anywhere near power lines and electricity substations are a serious risk to everyone’s safety.”