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World's Largest Bonfire In Norway (Video)

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People in Alesund, Norway, built and set ablaze the world's biggest bonfire on June 25 during their Midsummer festival, Slinningsodden (video below).

The annual bonfire measured a staggering 155.5 feet, notes The Local. The bonfire set a world record, according to the More and Romsdal police.

The gigantic bonfire was built using more than 30,000 pallets, reports UPI. The construction and subsequent burning was documented on a video.

The bonfire topped the 2007 record in Slovenia of 141 feet.

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In more Norway news, an Oslo court refused to promise that Edward Snowden would not be arrested and extradited to the U.S. if he (Snowden) travels to the country in November to accept the Ossietzky prize for freedom of expression by the Norwegian branch of the PEN Club on Nov. 18, notes AFP.

Snowden filed a lawsuit against Norway's justice ministry in April to prevent extradition.

The Oslo court ruled that an extradition request could not be evaluated by the court until it was actually made by the justice ministry.

In other words, Norway cannot decide whether or not to extradite Snowden to the U.S. until the U.S. requests it, which is likely.

In 2013, Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, revealed to the world via The Guardian that the U.S. government was secretly spying on its citizens and its allies.

The 33-year-old American took a flight from Hong Kong to Moscow, Russia, in order to catch a connecting flight to Ecuador. However, his passport was canceled by the U.S. and he has been stuck in Moscow ever since.

Snowden was also interested in seeking asylum in Norway, but the country's government said that he physically had to be on Norway soil before he could make that request.

For the third year in a row, Snowden has been nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, the winner of which will be announced in Norway on October 7.

Sources: The Local, UPI, AFP via Yahoo! News / Photo credit: Martin Molnes/YouTube

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