AP NEWS

Safety concerns prompt changes to Dartmouth bonfire

October 2, 2018

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — An annual homecoming bonfire that attracts thousands to Dartmouth College will be shorter, squatter and safer this year.

In June, the town of Hanover said it would not approve a permit for the three-story fire, citing the risk that the structure could collapse and cause injuries and concerns about drunken and dangerous student behavior. The college created a working group to propose changes, which recently were approved by the town.

College officials say the bonfire that will be lit Oct. 26 will be shorter by several feet. The tradition of first-year students running around the fire as many times as their class year — which in recent years was expanded to add 100 laps — will be discontinued, and any student who attempts to touch the fire will be disciplined.

AP RADIO
Update hourly