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Fireworks, not a terrorist attack

Fireworks, not a terrorist attack
This was taken on 2007-09-20.

The night prior to this photo was taken (on 2007-09-19), I was extremely tired after 7 days of nonstop walking from 8 am to 8 pm, and I'd returned to the hotel early for some sleep. Then around 8 or 9 pm, I was awaken by a series of explosions.

My first thought was some terrorist attack. I jumped out of bed and became alarmed. Then I thought it might be an industrial accident nearby. But my hotel was right at Kings Cross Station, there couldn't be any major industries in downtown London. Then I speculated that perhaps an armoury has caught fire?

I put on some clothes and opened the window and saw some clouds of smoke drifting by, and flashes of multi-colours. I listened carefully but there wasn't a fire engine passing by. I turned on BBC News but there's no breaking news. I was so tired that I decided to go back to sleep.

Then, on the following night purely by chance, I was at the Thames just off the Tower Bridge when the same explosions happened again. It trned out what I heard the night before was the firework! Till today I never found out what was the occasion that warranted two nights of firework display.

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