Bonfires are traditionally lit on the Eleventh Night, the eve of the Twelfth of July.
POLICE PROTECTION IS being given to removal teams taking material from bonfires in East Belfast.
Police, dressed in riot gear, are protecting the masked contractors removing material from two bonfire sites â€“ at Cluan Place and Bloomfield.
Yesterday a High Court judge ordered the Bloomfield bonfire to be reduced in size. However, it was prematurely set alight in the early hours of this morning.
The Bloomfield bonfire was one of hundreds across Northern Ireland due to be burned late tonight as part of the annual Battle of the Boyne commemorations.
The fires are traditionally lit on the Eleventh Night, the eve of the Twelfth of July, and supporters say theyâ€™re an important part of loyalist culture.
Itâ€™s reported that missiles were thrown at police when they moved in to allow contractors to take away the material.
The fire service had concerns that buildings on either side of the Cluan Place bonfire would be destroyed if the fire was lit. The fire has now been cleared.