‘Ever heard of Guy Fawkes?’: America’s ABC News network declares ‘fireworks lit up night sky over London’ to toast Joe Biden’s win… only for Britons to point out there’s ANOTHER celebration in UK on November 5
- Guy Fawkes celebrations saw fireworks light up the UK over the weekend
- But across the pond Americans thought Brits were celebrating Joe Biden’s win
- ABC News tweeted footage of colourful fireworks in the night sky over London
- The station thought the fireworks had been lit for the new US President
A US TV network mistakenly thought fireworks over London were Britons celebrating Joe Biden’s win in the race for the White House.
America’s ABC News channel misinterpreted the rockets and firecrackers over the British captital, thinking they were in celebration of the Democrat candidate snatching the Presidency from Donald Trump.
Biden was declared winner of the election on Saturday, though counts in a number of swing states are ongoing and Trump has refused to concede.
‘Fireworks lit up the night sky over London, England, after Joe Biden was characterised to be the apparent winner of the presidential election,’ the network wrote on social media in a since deleted Tweet.
Brits were quick to correct the broadcaster on their mistake, and pointed out that the fireworks were part of the annual Bonfire Night celebrations.
The event marks the anniversary of 1605 when Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
One social media user reacted with glee, saying: ‘Shall we tell them? I wanna tell them!’ while another branded the TV network ‘morons’.
Joe Biden (left) emerged as the apparent winner of the US Presidential election over the weekend and celebrated with his wife Jill (pictured right) in Delaware
US TV netowkr ABC news mistook the November 5 celebrations for Brits celebrating Joe Biden’s apparent win in the race to the White House
Fireworks were set off in the US over the weekend to mark Biden being announced as President-elect. Pictured: Display in Delaware watched by Biden and Vice- President elect Kamala Harris
‘Fireworks lit by the sky the weekend of bonfire night… who knew?’ read one tongue-in-cheek response.
Another explained: ‘It’s called Bonfire Night. It’s a UK tradition, dating back to 1605. The skies are generally lit up for a few days before and after November 5th with fireworks.
‘It has nothing to do with Biden winning’.
Fireworks were also set off across the pond in American this weekend when Joe Biden emerged as the new President-elect.
Traditional Bonfire Night celebrations typically involve large gatherings, but celebrations were more muted this year because of coronavirus restrictions. Pictured: A person is seen in silhouette in front of a bonfire, in Ouston, Durham County, in the north of England
Daniel Hannah reacted with a tongue in cheek response over who should tell the Americans about the traditional British celebrations
This Twitter user branded the US TV network as ‘morons’ for confusing the fireworks over London
Brits responded with typically dry humour over the broadcasters mistake
William Black explained the history of the event and insisted it had nothing to do with Biden
And for our US readers, here’s what Guy Fawkes night is all about
Every year on Bonfire Night families across the UK gather outside on November 5 to enjoy firework displays commemorating the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
The plot was formed by Catholic zealots to blow up Parliament in order to assassinate King James I and overthrow Protestant rule.
Guy Fawkes was the most famous of the conspirators, who all rented a basement storeroom in the Palace of Westminster and filled it with 36 barrels of gunpowder.
Their plot was foiled after the King’s men were passed an anonymous tip off and at midnight on 5th November, Guy Fawkes was discovered in the storeroom holding long fuses and matches.
Celebrations were originally to celebrate the fact that King James survived the attempted assassination.
The centuries old tradition continues to this day and is now often commemorated with fireworks and by burning effegies known as ‘Guys’ on top of large bonfires.
The pyrotechnics were set off in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7 while Biden and his wife, doctor Jill Biden, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff looked on.
Fireworks were also launched across the UK as Brits marked Bonfire Night – previously known as Guy Fawkes night.
The celebrations take their name from the ringleader of the Catholic plot designed to assassinate the Protestant King James I and replace him with a Catholic.
Celebrated on the closest weekend to November 5, which this year fell midweek, the event is traditionally marked by large public gatherings.
People congregate around large bonfires as effigies known as ‘Guys’ are burnt and fireworks are launched.
But the event was muted this year as celebrations were cancelled as England was in a second national lockdown due to the rising number of coronavirus cases.
Fireworks were still launched by individuals across the capital and across the UK as the industry’s biggest trade body revealed it had seen a boom in sales fuelled by Covid restrictions.
Steve Raper, chairman of the British Fireworks Association (BFA) which represents retailers, said the curbs had driven ‘a massive spike in sales’ as part of a shift to ‘back-garden displays’.
Mr Raper, a consultant with Bright Star Fireworks, in Melmerby, North Yorkshire, said more people seemed to be buying the ‘traditional box of fireworks’.