Texas A&M remembers solemn anniversary of bonfire collapse

Campus marks 17 years since deadly bonfire collapse

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M University campus is remembering a solemn anniversary.

On Nov. 18, 1999, a bonfire collapse killed 12 people.

The bonfire had been a long-standing Aggie tradition until the deadly incident.

The original bonfire consisted of millions of pounds of timber assembled in a 59-foot structure which was lit to the delight of thousands of campus spectators.

The tradition ended with the 1999 collapse. A shorter bonfire with design changes is now built during off-campus events.