July 4 organizers keep close watch on weather - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

July 4 organizers keep close watch on weather

Updated:
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -

While you're enjoying outdoor July 4th events this weekend, others are behind the scenes monitoring the weather to keep you safe.

More than 3,000 people were out in Beech Grove Wednesday night to watch the fireworks, all of them hoping for a clear night.

It was the police and fire departments, though, watching for any signs of bad weather.

"If the weather's going to look bad, what we'll do is we'll try to...we'll announce by the DJ...we'll announce that, you know, weather is going...impending weather is coming," said Tim Latimer with the Beech Grove Promoters Club. "We'll try to get all the pedestrians out or to safety as quickly as possible."

At Conner Prairie, the crowd was even larger for the Star Spangled Symphony and that meant it would take more time to evacuate should bad weather hit.

"Our phrase is, 'When in doubt, get 'em out'," said Jessica Di Santo with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

The folks who monitor the weather for the event have taken the guesswork out of it by watching storms miles away and tracking how fast they're moving on a computer.

"If there's some lightning coming within a 15-mile radius and we know it, we're going to start to evacuate and the safest place for people to be out of the inclement weather is their cars," explained Di Santo.

They also stay on the phone with the National Weather Service if they see a storm coming.

"On a 10,000-person night, we've got to get people to safety if we have to and we would definitely use a good hour, honestly, if the storm cell came our way and looked very threatening and very dangerous," said Di Santo.

If the bad weather passes and lightning is beyond 15 miles out, then it's back to the symphony. If not, it's time to call it a night, for everyone's safety.

"Sometimes it just lasts too long," Di Santo said.

Powered by WorldNow