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Bonfires with images or representatives of the terrorist conspirators are burned on Guy Fawkes Day.

Although Guy Fawkes was not the lead conspirator, and is thought to be only one of thirteen plotters, he was found with 36 barrels of gunpowder below the Houses of Parliament. Bonfires were lit on Nov. 5, 1605, to celebrate the safety of the King. They are still lit today on Bonfire Night.

Often, masks or scarecrow-like images (called "Guys") that represent the conspirators are thrown on the top of the bonfire before it is lit to commemorate the capture, torture, and execution of Guy Fawkes and the other conspirators.

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