Richmond fireworks show to go on despite rain

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - While many communities are postponing or even canceling their Independence Day celebrations city leaders in Richmond say they have every intention of putting on a fireworks show, as long as they can keep people safe.

"We can't do anything about the weather. Everything is a go," Mayor Jim Barnes said Thursday afternoon.

With months of planning set to culminate that evening, Barnes says as long as they can do it safely they'll put on their 20 minute fireworks display. Barnes says that show usually draws close to 20,000 people. Despite the rain there were already some setting up hours before the 10 p.m. show.

"It said 80 to 100 percent but I said to heck with it lets to on and go," said Steve Reynolds who brought his family to Lake Reba where the show is being held.

The mayor says the rain is a hindrance, especially for the vendors who've set up waiting for the crowd, but he says as long as it's just wet they'll be fine.

Emergency management crews will be keeping a close eye out for lighting. The mayor says they'll be ready to sound an alarm if they have to.

"We'll just take shelter where we can find shelter, cars, tents, bathroom. I think they'll give us enough lead time so we can take shelter," Barnes said.

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