Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot! Here are some facts about The Gunpowder Plot and fireworks that you might not know!
It was illegal to NOT celebrate bonfire night in the UK until 1959!
3 sparklers held together = the same heat as a blowtorch.
Throwing a firework is an offence and carries a £5000 fine.
Over 1000 people are injured every year due to fireworks related incidents.
Whilst involved in the Gunpowder Plot, Fawkes called himself John Johnson. This is the name he gave when he was arrested.
Nowadays, the term ‘guy’ is used as slang when referring to a man. Originally, guy was a term used for an “ugly, repulsive person” in reference to Guy Fawkes.
Guy Fawkes was 35 when he tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
The first fireworks were invented in China in the 10th Century, apparently by a cook who accidentally mixed sulphur, charcoal and a salt substitute together, with explosive results!
The first recorded firework display in England was at the wedding of Henry VII in 1486.
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