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Albany will see fireworks show, rain or shine

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

More rain is in the forecast for South Georgia on Independence Day. Some Fourth of July plans have been halted because of Mother Nature. Albany plans to go ahead with their activities.

The city is preparing to host at least 3,500 people at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds for the fireworks display. Security will be stepped up a notch and rain plans are in place. Organizers say the show will go on safely and as scheduled.

The City of Albany is prepping the fairgrounds for their fireworks display Thursday night. They're hoping the rain stays away, but if not, they're also ready to fight the weather and keep everyone safe and informed on what's going on.

"We'll have speakers out here so that the crowd is well aware if anything happens and the delay takes place," said Suzanne Davis, Director of Parks and Recreation.

The rain can bring extra problems with a crowd that is supposed to be the biggest yet. If you're on the way to enjoy the sparkly lights, Albany police wants to remind citizens to be on their best behavior.

"People tend to become lacked or not as aware when it's raining, so we would encourage people to make sure they're following all the traffic ordinances and laws," said Phyllis Banks, Albany Police Department.

Rain can put a damper on Thursday festivities, but more importantly is the threat of lightning. Davis has a plan in place to keep people out of harm's way.

"We just need a five minute break in the weather and we can start off with the fireworks, Our plan is to go 9:15, if it's raining or lightning at 9:15, we'll delay for 15 minutes and make an assessment at that point, but our plans is to go ahead and shoot them off," Suzanne Davis.

Security will be covering the fairgrounds in and out during the event. Organizers don't expect any problems and hopes the night ends with a bang.

"We have increased security numbers, to a number that is very high. So I can say we will have a very safe and secure event tomorrow," Suzanne Davis.

While tents are not allowed in the fairgrounds, people can bring ponchos and umbrella's to keep dry if the rain decides to fall.

Pyro technicians say they have enough fireworks to last for a 30 minute show. They also say Thursday show will be one of the biggest in South Georgia.

Organizers also mentioned if you leave before the fireworks show start, you not be allowed back in unless you pay the entry fee again. The gates at the Exchange Club Fairground will open at 3 p.m.

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