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10 Bonfire Night facts you didn’t know!

Written by Claire


Remember, remember the 5th of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot,
Here are some facts about bonfire night that you may have forgot!

The word for firework in Japanese is “hanabi” which actually means “fire- flower.”

The record for the largest firework display consisted of a whopping 66,326 fireworks and was held in Portugal back in 2006!

The largest firework rocket was 13kg and was made and launched in Portugal in 2010.

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.

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.

The largest firework rocket was 13kg and was made and launched in Portugal in 2010.

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