New push to bring back Texas A&M bonfire

Published On: Nov 15 2012 06:55:33 PM CST
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -

Texas A&M students are focusing on officially bringing back the bonfire tradition.

The final school sanctioned bonfire was in 1998, but it's happened without campus approval for a decade.

A non-school sanctioned student bonfire will be lit next week.

"It's about Aggies getting together and Aggies being able to come together," senior Patrick Bailey said.

For decades, the Texas A&M bonfire was a campus tradition.

But it ended tragically in 1999, when 12 Aggies lost their lives after the stack of logs, still under construction, collapsed on top of them.

The tradition was reborn as a student led event in 2002.

Safety is the biggest concern, according to students.

While the bonfire was a pastime that used to focus on the A&M - UT game, that's also changed. Texas A&M is now part of the SEC.

Legendary Texas A&M coach Jackie Sherrill will join the students at burn night next week.

The event will take place November 23rd, the night before the game against Missouri.