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Rain in forecast will not stop fireworks show, organizers say
PENSACOLA -- The big fireworks show over Pensacola Bay will go on, rain or shine.
But with showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for July 4th, how can that be?
How organizers are preparing for the worst. The company that's handling the fireworks says they can be set off in pouring rain, but there are other factors to be considered.
Sertoma is hosting the Pensacola celebration for the 24th straight year.
In addition to the fireworks, there will be activities throughout the day at Seville Square from 11 to 6 including pony rides, live music, food and a hot dog eating contest.
Organizer Angela Eddy, said, “If there's light rain, we will.”
Organizers say if there's light rain everything will go on as scheduled, but if it gets too heavy and there's a safety issue, the event may be canceled.
"If it rains, will you still come out?"
Troy Taylor Pensacola resident said, "Probably yeah. We're gonna get wet all week here so I guess that'll be fine."
Visiting from Jacksonville, Lorenza Tomasino, said, "We can't stop it so I guess we could just stay inside and watch it through the window or something."
The fireworks are now being loaded onto a barge in Orange Beach.
They'll be encased in what crew members call an industrial strength saran wrap that will keep them dry.
The fireworks show is set to start at 9 pm Thursday. If it winds up being canceled, there's a chance it could be re-scheduled for Friday or Saturday night.
Vendors, meanwhile, are expected to set up tents to keep everyone dry in Seville Square if necessary.
Organizers ask; if you do plan on coming out here Thursday, please, don't bring dogs or your own fireworks.