Faked Fireworks! PBS Confesses 'Live' 4th of July Fireworks Show Was 'Combination' Of Past Years

  • by: Alan Duke
Faked Fireworks! PBS Confesses 'Live' 4th of July Fireworks Show Was 'Combination' Of Past Years

The "live" fireworks show millions of Americans watch on PBS was not really live, the television network admitted Monday night after an avalanche of social media messages questioning if the broadcast was edited.

"We showed a combination of the best fireworks from this year and previous years," PBS tweeted. "It was the patriotic thing to do."

Fake is the new patriotic? Huh? Who can you trust in Washington anymore? Oh, well. PBS producers of "A Capitol Fourth" realized Monday night's overcast sky was not the best canvas for a televised fireworks display, so they edited a greatest hits version.

Here are some clips of things that may or may not have happened in our nations capital Monday night.


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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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