Explosion at Poppy Day ceremony A device is thought to have exploded inside a ceremonial cannon during Remembrance Day commemorations in Newry, County Down. The Army is investigating and the area around the cenotaph is cordoned off. No one has been injured. Those attending said they heard a loud bang and saw a flash and smoke coming from the cannon just after 1100 GMT. The incident happened as ceremonies were taking place across Northern Ireland to remember the war dead. Ulster Unionist assembly member Danny Kennedy said a "crude device" had been hidden in the cannon in Newry. Mr Kennedy described the attack as "quite despicable" and said it had been a "very frightening experience for those present". Sinn Fein assembly member Mickey Brady said: "People and communities should be allowed to commemorate and remember their dead in peace, without hindrance and in a spirit of mutual respect." Meanwhile, the dead of the two world wars and other conflicts have been remembered in ceremonies across Northern Ireland. The largest event took place at Belfast City Hall where consuls of the US, Canada, France and India laid wreaths. The Queen's representative, Lord Lieutenant of Belfast, Lady Carswell, also attended along with leaders of the armed services. This year, Remembrance Sunday falls exactly 89 years after the ending of World War I, Armistice Day. Source. BBC. I suspect some stupid prank myself, but for cryin' out loud, did it really have to be at this ceremony?