If you watched the Texas-A and M game you heard about the 12 killed in the bonfire collapse. We went to College Station to the game this year, and had a hard time getting a perspective on how big this structure must have been. This video really shows it, and how the students were on it when it came down.
I don't know about the last few years, but this year's stack wasn't quite that tall--Shorter, but wider. I do know that with the new safety regulations on it, EVERY log touches the ground. From 1909 to 1999 (year it collapsed), the upper levels were logs standing on other logs. Much safer, and they work with an engineering firm who lays out the plan and helps coordinate/supervise the building.
2009 pics (from an aggie board):
Throwing some of the torches onto the stack:
They lit 12 "mini-bonfires" around the main stack in honor of the 12 lost--can also be seen in the 2nd pic above:
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