"Ever heard of Guy Fawkes?": America's ABC News network declares "Fireworks light up the night sky over London" to toast Joe Biden's victory … only for the British to point out that it will hit the UK on November 5th another celebration there
- Fireworks were lit at the Guy Fawkes celebrations over the weekend in the UK
- But across the pond, the Americans thought the British were going to celebrate Joe Biden's victory
- ABC News tweeted footage of brightly colored fireworks in the night sky over London
- The station believed the fireworks had been lit for the new US president
A US television station mistakenly believed that fireworks over London were British celebrating Joe Biden's victory in the White House race.
The American ABC news broadcaster misinterpreted the rockets and fireworks over the British captital, thinking they were celebrating the Democratic candidate who wrested the presidency from Donald Trump.
Biden was declared the election winner on Saturday, despite counting in a number of swing states and Trump refusing to admit.
"Fireworks lit the night sky over London, England after Joe Biden was identified as the obvious winner of the presidential election," the network wrote in a since-deleted tweet on social media.
The British quickly corrected the broadcaster for their mistake, pointing out that the fireworks were part of the annual Bonfire Night celebrations.
The event marks the anniversary of 1605 when Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
One social media user responded with glee and said, “Should we tell you? I want to tell you! & # 39; while another branded the TV network "idiots".
Joe Biden (left) emerged as the obvious winner of the US presidential election over the weekend and celebrated with his wife Jill (pictured right) in Delaware
ABC News on US television network netowkr mistook the November 5th celebrations for Britons celebrating Joe Biden's obvious victory in the White House race
Fireworks went off in the US over the weekend to announce Biden as president-elect. Pictured: Advertisement in Delaware watched by Biden and Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris
"Fireworks in the sky on bonfire night weekend … who knew?" Read an ironic answer.
Another stated, “It's called Bonfire Night. It is a British tradition that dates back to 1605. The sky is usually lit with fireworks a few days before and after November 5th.
"It has nothing to do with Biden's victory".
Fireworks were also fired across the pond this weekend in America as Joe Biden emerged as the new president-elect.
Traditional Bonfire Night celebrations usually include large gatherings, but the celebrations have been more subdued this year due to the restrictions of the coronavirus. Pictured: A person is seen in silhouette in front of a campfire in Ouston, Durham County, Northern England
Daniel Hannah responded with a cheeky reaction to who should tell Americans about traditional British celebrations
This Twitter user branded the US television station as an "idiot" in order to confuse the fireworks over London
The British reacted to the station's mistake with typically dry humor
William Black explained the story of the event, insisting that it had nothing to do with Biden
And for our US readers, this is all about Guy Fawkes Night
Every year on Bonfire Night, families across the UK gather outside on November 5th to enjoy fireworks reminiscent of the failed gunpowder plot of 1605.
The conspiracy was formulated by Catholic zealots to blow up Parliament to assassinate King James I and overthrow Protestant rule.
Guy Fawkes was the most famous of the conspirators, all of whom rented a basement room in the Palace of Westminster and filled it with 36 kegs of gunpowder.
Their conspiracy was foiled after the King's men received an anonymous tip-off and Guy Fawkes was discovered in the storeroom at midnight on November 5th with long detonators and matches.
The festivities were originally intended to celebrate the fact that King James survived the attempted assassination.
The centuries-old tradition continues to this day and is often remembered today with fireworks and burning effegies known as "guys" on large bonfires.
The pyrotechnics were started on November 7th in Wilmington, Delaware, while Biden and his wife, Medical Doctor Jill Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff watched.
Fireworks were also launched across the UK when the British marked Bonfire Night – formerly known as Guy Fawkes Night.
The celebrations take their name from the leader of the Catholic conspiracy to assassinate the Protestant King James I and replace him with a Catholic.
The event will be celebrated the next weekend on November 5th, which was midweek this year. It is traditionally characterized by large public gatherings.
People gather around large bonfires while effigies known as "guys" are burned and fireworks are fired.
However, the event was muted this year as the celebrations were canceled as England was in a second national lockdown due to the rising number of coronavirus cases.
Fireworks were still being launched by individuals across the capital and across the UK when the largest trade organization in the industry announced that the sales boom had increased due to Covid restrictions.
Steve Raper, chairman of the British Fireworks Association (BFA), which represents retailers, said the curbs resulted in a "massive increase in sales" as part of a move to "back garden displays".
Mr Raper, an advisor to Bright Star Fireworks in Melmerby, North Yorkshire, said more people seemed to be buying the "traditional box of fireworks".
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