Netherlands 37-Meter New Year's Fire Gets Out Of Hand, Sets Smaller Fires On Nearby Buildings

January 2, 2019

I know, it's almost hard to believe a 37-meter tall fire built out of wooden shipping pallets might get out of hand, but that's exactly what happened in the seaside resort district Scheveningen of The Hague in the Netherlands, who competes with neighboring district Duindorp to see who can build the biggest fire every New Year's. Duindorp actually won this year, but Scheveningen earned a solid second place for a fire that spawned mini-tornadoes, carrying ash and burning debris into the roofs of neighboring buildings, setting them ablaze before they could be contained. Thankfully, there were no injuries, although authorities are now investigating what went wrong to decide whether the tradition should be continued next year, which is arguably the biggest injury of all. "Besides someone getting hurt." Right, I mean of course -- besides that.

Keep going for two videos, the second of which is a long compilation of various footage.

Thanks to Kira Kage, who agrees where the hell is Aquaman when you need him? Probably off somewhere too busy being a hunk.

  • Ab

    The pallets were stacked up to 48 meters high.

  • Jenness

    I am more inclined to believe that saboteurs from the neighboring city caused this fire to grow insanely out of control because of a centuries-long revenge plot that finally came to fruition.

  • Douchy McDouche

    Fucking Dutch. I thought he had a plan! Tahiti and mangos my ass!

  • Meh

    As coming from the Netherlands i read about this today. There were 2 of those fires, its from tradition between 2 parts of the neighborhood who used to and still compete. I heard they had about 25000 pallets saved up just for new years.

  • Kaizer Chief

    Talking about weird Dutch traditions, I've never been able to make peace with zoute drop... that shit's disgusting.

  • Geekologie

    i mean i did mention that in the article, not that anybody reads them

  • Meh

    Well can't argue here.

  • Ollie Williams

    I read them, obviously. Fix that typo on the other article yet?

    Edit: Nope. Still there. Tesla and whoopie cushion post.

  • Geekologie

    I like my typos to marinate for a little bit like a roast

  • Ollie Williams

    Keeps the juices in. I get it. I'm on board.

  • Ollie Williams

    We are a stupid species.

  • Bling Nye

    With (lamentably) few exceptions.

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