A&M settles decade-old bonfire lawsuit

October 28, 2008 9:59:48 AM PDT
Texas A&M University has settled a lawsuit over a bonfire collapse that killed 12 people and injured dozens of others nearly a decade ago. The university was sued by several people who were injured and family members of those killed in the November 1999 collapse. The giant wedding cake-like structure fell as it was being built in annual A&M tradition.

The university has not allowed the bonfire on campus since then.

The settlement requires any future plans for an on-campus fire to have engineering oversight, though A&M officials said no decision has been made on whether one will be allowed.

A university spokesman said the settlement also includes a monetary payment to victims, but he didn't immediately know those details.

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