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5 November 2008. Fireworks marking 'Guy Fawkes Day' explode above Oriental Bay, in Wellington, the New Zealand capital. The popular event attracts around 100,000 spectators from Wellington and its wider region...The yearly fireworks display' is linked to the foiled 'Gunpowder Plot' of 1605; a conspiracy whose ultimate goal was the destruction of the 'House of Lords' (Parliament House) in Westminster and the killing of the reigning monarch James I of England. Guy Fawkes, a soldier and explosives expert, was one of the central characters in this conspiracy. Fawkes and his 12 co-conspirators' justification lied in the fact that James I was perceived as intolerent towards catholics. Fawkes was found in the cellar of the House of Lords, next to 36 barrels of gunpowder...To mark the safety of the King, or maybe to celebrate Fawkes' attempt to bring down the government, fireworks and bonfires light up the skies in many parts of England. New Zealand has followed suit.
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