Fireworks show goes on for Meriden despite storm

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A handful of local fireworks have already been canceled due to the inclement weather that has already arrived in some parts of the state.

It’s the second time Wednesday night Meriden has seen fireworks in the sky. The ones shot off by the city and the thunder and lightening and rain provided by Mother Nature.

The skies opened up. The band scrambled to cover up the speakers and close the band stand even before the music got started, but the city of Meriden was expecting it.

“We pull off of a satellite off of Texas and we can see how much rain we are going to get, where it’s coming from, the duration, it’s an amazing service,” said Mark Zebora, Director of Parks.

Normally at that time the parking lot would be filled, the park crowded but the only people that are there were police officers and paramedics. Yet, the city was confident the show will go on and the tarps kept the fireworks dry.

“We give them 10 minutes notice and they put the tarps on, we will cover them and stop the entertainment and then start up when the rain stops,” said Zebora.

A few families weren’t phased by the rain, they either played in it or came prepared.

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“The kids are excited, I have this one and this one and the big one in the car, we have all the family here. I look around and you have the whole park to yourself. We were the first,” said Abeer Shehata, Meriden.

And as the rain slowed to a trickle, the people started to trickle in.

“I was looking you have water soda, food, even in the rain, yes and we are going to stick it out for the fireworks, yes,” said Ron Koltan, Meriden.

The show will go on but others have been postponed.

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