WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — This year’s ‘A Capitol Fourth’ broadcast on PBS looked great. But the fireworks that actually occurred on the National Mall? Well, not so much.
Due to low-lying clouds from Monday’s rain showers, the fireworks that launched from the Mall disappeared into a hazy sky.
It didn’t take long for people to start questioning what footage they were watching on PBS.
Is #July4thPBS showing pre-taped fireworks? Suspicious that the live shots show fireworks going into the clouds. PBS showing clear skies!!— Jim Lackey (@JimLackey) July 5, 2016
Viewers quickly realized what was really broadcast was a compilation of stock video from past years of ‘A Capitol Fourth’ fireworks shows. Footage from Sunday's dress rehearsal may have also been used.
And the jokes started pouring in.
I guess we can't let the citizens know it's cloudy in the capitol of good ol' USA. #July4thPBS— Joseph Gruber (@JosephGruber) July 5, 2016
The ‘A Capitol Fourth’ Twitter page quickly confirmed viewers’ speculations.
We showed a combination of the best fireworks from this year and previous years. It was the patriotic thing to do. #July4thPBS— A Capitol Fourth (@July4thPBS) July 5, 2016
Many viewers were glad that PBS made the decision they did.
The whole situation had a lot of people saying, "Only in D.C."