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Thursday, 18 November, 1999, 22:48 GMT
In pictures: Texas bonfire tragedy

A Texas tradition turns to tragedy when a bonfire collapses at the A&M University, killing at least nine people.

The bonfire has been lit every Thanksgiving Day since 1909, to rally the team for their football game against the University of Texas.







In previous years the blaze has towered above the crowd.



Victims were crushed under a huge pile of logs.



Then the pile of logs collapsed, trapping tens of students beneath the wood.



A&M students join in prayer on the field near the bonfire.



By first light, the bodies were being stretchered away.



A&M students console each another after the disaster.


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