Festive Brits Blow Up Palin Effigy

400-year-old tradition 'roasts' politicians
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 2, 2008 8:20 AM CST
An effigy of Sarah Palin, accompanied by presidential candidate Barack Obama, is unveiled by designer Mark Oldroyd ahead of a bonfire night celebration in Battle, England, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Gareth Fuller-pa)
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(Newser) – It was all in good fun, insisted a group of Brits yesterday after they exploded an effigy of Sarah Palin, which was packed with firecrackers. The spectacular send-off was the climax of an annual bonfire celebration in the southern town of Battle, which traditionally blows up an effigy of someone famous, usually a politician, reports CNN. "We just felt she was one of the most interesting characters in the American elections," said one diplomatic resident.