(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Fake fireworks on the Fourth of July?
Well, sort of. PBS has admitted to sweetening the fireworks footage broadcast on last night’s A Capitol Fourth with footage from past broadcasts. Bad weather, including overcast skies and haze in Washington, D.C., is the reason.
“We are very proud of the 2016 A Capitol Fourth celebration,” PBS tweeted. “Because this year’s fireworks were difficult to see due to the weather, we made the decision to intercut fireworks footage from previous A Capitol Fourth concerts for the best possible television viewing experience. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.”
Some viewers aren’t pleased, particularly since PBS waited until after the broadcast to come clean. The Twitter hashtag #Fake4th is getting some play this morning as a result.
PBS has broadcast A Capitol Fourth every year for the past 36 years from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. The PBS website describes the event as “featuring coverage from 20 cameras positioned around Washington, D.C., ensuring viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks in the nation.”
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