Severe weather could delay 4th of July firework displays

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INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Rainy weather and the threat for severe storms canceled several holiday weekend festivities. Now, as those threats continue, organizers are preparing for the possibility of delaying 4th of July fireworks displays.

“It is kinda of going to be a game time decision. We are watching the weather throughout the day. If we can go a little bit earlier and miss rain storm, we may do that. If we need to push it off a little bit, it is going to come down to it as it is happening,” says Lauren Bielenberg with Freedom Blast.

12,000 fireworks are waiting to dazzle the audience tonight. Fire crews say the conditions are not ideal for the display.

“We know that if the fog was below the building line, then it would not be good for the spectators,” says Fire Marshall Courtney Gordon.

The rain and fog would also create low visibility and dangerous conditions for crews setting off the fireworks downtown.

Beechgrove, Franklin, Whitestown, and Chesterfield all postponed their fireworks displays this weekend. Now, Carmel Fest is hoping they will not be forced to add their name to the list tonight.

Back downtown the set up continues, as thousands of people wait to hear if the fireworks will go on as planned. But, the decision to cancel could be made seconds before the start of the Freedom Blast.

“We want people to have a great event and have great weather, but for the fireworks we have to have clear skies and be able to see,” says Bielenberg.

If severe weather delays the Freedom Blast, the new date will be Tuesday at 10:00 p.m.

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