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ALESUND: Norwegians have set a new record for the world’s biggest bonfire.

Earlier, a remarkable video emerged of a towering blaze in the seaport of Alesund.

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.

This year, it was measured by laser at 47.4 metres (155 ft), setting a new world record.

Slinningsbålet first set the record for the tallest bonfire in 2010, when it reached 40.45 meters (132.71 ft).

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.