PBS used some stock footage for its fireworks show, and people were not happy

July 5th, 2016 by Staff

“A Capitol Fourth” on PBS (Capital Concerts)
If you were watching Washington’s Fourth of July fireworks outside on Monday night and also happened to catch PBS’s broadcast of “A Capitol Fourth,” you might have noticed something looked…a little off.

The actual weather in Washington was cloudy and misty, making it quite difficult to view the fireworks. But on “A Capitol Fourth,” the annual concert special that airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, many of the fireworks (primarily in the second half of the display) looked glorious in a clear sky. Immediately, people started commenting on Twitter:

[Tom Bergeron previews PBS’s ‘A Capitol Fourth’: No, he’s not worried about rain]

When the cloud coverage is bad and PBS plays fake footage of the fireworks in DC

— Alexis Sadoti (@AlexisASadoti) July 5, 2016

#Blessed to see the fireworks from my apt window & watch #July4thPBS. Tho, the fireworks out my window don’t look like @pbs. #fake?

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