Bonfire Night is soon to come around the corner on Thursday November 5, just after Halloween.

But how much do you actually know about bonfires, fireworks and everything else that surrounds the event?

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Here are ten facts you need to know about the November 5 celebrations:

  1. A firework can travel at speeds of up to 150mph, the same as some biplanes.
  2. The name "bonfire" derives from the term "bone fire"; in the Middle Ages, these types of fires were usually set up in order to burn bones.
  3. Up until 1959, it was illegal to NOT celebrate Bonfire Night in the UK.
  4. There is at least one school in York taking advantage of the lifting of this law; St Peter's School was attended by one Guy Fawkes, and they refuse to burn his effigy as a mark of respect for their former pupil.
  5. In an average year, there will be just under a thousand injuries caused by fireworks during October and November in the UK. Around half of these are children injured by fireworks or sparklers.
  6. Fireworks were actually invented by accident; in the 10th century, a Chinese cook accidentally mixed three common cooking ingredients (sulphur, charcoal and a salt substitute) and set it alight, which resulted in very colourful flames.
  7. Fireworks first reached Europe in the 14th century, and were initially produced by the Italians; the first recorded display took place in Florence.
  8. The first recorded fireworks display in England was at the wedding of Henry VII in 1486.
  9. Had Guy Fawkes managed to light the 2500kg of gunpowder underneath the Houses of Parliament, he would have caused damage within a radius of almost 500m.
  10. Calls to fire services across Britain can almost triple during Bonfire Night. Be sure to stay safe!

Get some dates in your diary and head to a brilliant fireworks display in west London this year!