4 Barges Loaded With 40,000 Shells Ready To Go On Wednesday

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds of thousands are depending on good weather Wednesday for the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show.

And just in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, there will be plenty of contingencies in place, CBS 2’s Rachel Stockman reported.

If you are planning the Macy’s fireworks show, you plan for everything.

But you can’t control the weather.

“If there is severe weather, job number one is making sure everybody safe. If there is lightning we will have deeper discussions with agencies in New York to decide how to move forward,” said Amy Kule, the show’s executive producer.

Kule and her team will be closely monitoring the weather Wednesday.

“Any lightning would be bad. We would wait for the bad weather to pass then we can do the fireworks,” she said.

And it doesn’t matter how long it takes, even if it’s early on the 5th of July.

Right now, four barges are loaded with 40,000 firework shells all wired and ready to go. They were expected to into position on the Hudson River sometime early Wednesday.

“Rain or shine New Yorkers will come out,” said Cari Wallace of Queens.

The barges can withstand wind. Lightning is the real safety concern for the hundreds of thousands who will come out to watch.

The display could be postponed and if for some reason that happens it will not be rescheduled.

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