Bonfire ban lifted

Staff reports
The traditional bonfires on the levee have been held for decades along the Mississippi River.

The Christmas Eve tradition of bonfires along the Mississippi River levee has been approved.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have granted permission to officials to issue permits for the bonfires in St. James and St. John parishes since the river level has receded to safe levels.

The corps issued a statement Thursday permitting bonfire construction.

High water on the river led the corps and the Pontchartrain Levee District to delay construction due to safety concerns. Construction normally begins Thanksgiving week.