Ceremony Marks 20 Years Since Deadly Texas A&M Bonfire Collapse

Curt Lewis
November 18, 2019 - 7:46 am
University buildings on campus of Texas A&M in College Station, Texas

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DALLAS (KRLD) -  It's been 20 years since the deadly log pile collapse at Texas A&M.

Early on the morning of Nov. 18, 1999, a dozen Aggies died when the nearly 60-foot stack of bonfire wood fell in on itself, injuring 27 and killing twelve.

A ceremony marking the anniversary was held this morning at 2:42 a.m. which is believed to be the time of the collapse. The Aggie bonfire tradition dated back nearly a century.

Following the tragedy, the university withdrew its sanction for the event. But since 2002, a much smaller unofficial student-sponsored bonfire has been held off-campus.