In the unlikely event that you have been wondering what all the bangs and pops have been in the past week, we should inform you that it's Guy Fawkes Day – and you could celebrate by downloading a 'virtual firecracker' app to your iPhone.

In what has to go down as a case of well timed marketing, Smule has pointed out that its latest iPhone application Sonic Boom can provide you with a virtual firework – although we don't really know why you'd want to.

Apparently, not only can you resize the virtual firecracker with a vertical pinch, but you can also ignite the fuse by using your finger as a virtual match.

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And if you are prepared to fork out the 59p for the app, you can also fork out another 59p to get yourself Smule's Sonic Lighter and use a second iPhone to 'light' the fuse.

Other alternatives involve buying yourself a box of real matches (c20p) or going and watching a real fireworks display (from free).

But each to their own…