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Bristol's 38th International Balloon Fiesta gets under way

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Image caption The annual Bristol International balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual event with more then 150 balloons taking part

The night sky was lit up as part of Bristol's annual four-day International Balloon Fiesta.

Up to 25 hot air balloons were tethered at Ashton Court on Thursday to take part in the nightglow on the opening day of the festival.

The event, now in its 38th year, is Europe's largest balloon festival.

More than 150 balloons are at the festival, but flights planned for Thursday night and Friday morning were cancelled due to high winds and cloud.

The event is due to run through Sunday with another nightglow and fireworks display planned for Saturday night.

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Image caption Despite poor conditions, the nightglow went ahead with up 25 tethered balloons firing up their burners in time to music
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Image caption Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon was displayed until high winds were blamed for tearing a hole in the art project
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Image caption The first mass ascent of the 38th annual fiesta had to be cancelled due to the weather
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Image caption Another nightglow and a fireworks display is planned for Saturday night

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