Tallest bonfire: Norway breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
ALESUND, Norway -- Norwegians have set a new record for the world's tallest bonfire; this year, it was measured by laser at 47.4 metres (155 ft), setting a new world record for the Tallest bonfire, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: The world's tallest bonfire was measured by laser at 47.4 metres (155 ft), setting a new world record. Photo: Geir Halvorsen (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records world record for the largest bonfire has an overall volume of 4,284 m³ (151,288 ft³), and was built in Duindorp (Netherlands) and lit in Den Haag, Zuid Holland, Netherlands, on 31 December 2014.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the tallest bonfire tondo; it measured 43.44 m (142 ft 6.2 in) high and has an overall volume of 1715.7 m³ (60, 58 ft³). It was built by ŠKD mladi Boštanj, and lit on 30 April 2007 in Boštanj, Slovenija, to celebrate Labour Day.
The bonfire, known as Slinningsbålet, is lit annually in June in Slinningsodden, on the country's west coast, as part of the Midsummer festival and the celebration of John the Baptist's' birthday.
Slinningsbålet first set the record for the tallest bonfire in 2010, when it reached 40.45 meters (132.71 ft).
This year, it was measured by laser at 47.4 metres (155 ft), setting a new world record.
The structure was built manually by up to forty locals, who stacked the pallets on top of each other over several days before the massive fire was lit.