What happens to fireworks displays when it rains?

July Fourth fireworks
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HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – Officials say heavy rainfall and severe weather cancels firework shows and the pyrotechnics have to be shot off regardless if they get wet or not.

If all goes as planned, firework shows this weekend will go off without a hitch. Unlike last week’s Freedom Call Tattoo. The event at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base got canceled due to heavy rain and severe weather.

“I definitely understand that its most likely a safety concern for everybody. It was upsetting, but it was fine,” said Maddy Allen.

“I didn’t think they were going to have them at all,” said Raianna Johnson

Lieutenant John Russell with the Huber Heights Fire Department says if rain or other less than desirable weather hits this holiday weekend the fireworks will still go off.

“If rain’s in the forecast, one thing a lot of people ask is, why do they have to shoot those off? Well, those are explosives. So once they’ve been set up they have to be discharged. You can’t just take it apart,” said Russell. “If there is rain in the forecast, hopefully most of us will have a nice window of opportunity where we can have some fireworks and enjoy them without the weather being a problem.”

And if you plan on having your own backyard fun this fourth of July, Lieutenant Russell says to be smart with anything that can combust. Including fireworks, gas grills and things near by that can catch fire.

“It becomes the fourth of July, they want to grill, they want to barbecue it’s almost like safety goes out the window. We still have to be conscious and safe when it comes to the fourth of July,” said Russell.

Consumer Product Safety Commission says an average of 240 people a day go to the emergency room for fireworks-related injuries in the weeks before and after the fourth of July.

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