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Wet weather dampens some Fourth festivities

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STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -

While many Fourth of July celebrations were cancelled due to the wet weather, some folks didn't let the rain get in the way of their festivities.

Some people braved the rain to check out the fireworks show in Stone Mountain on Wednesday.  Stone Mountain says it will hold its "Fantastic Four" celebration featuring fireworks and a laser show on July 4, 5 and 6, regardless of the weather.

"We always want to look for the safety of the guests and the safety of the show technicians, but we can shoot the fireworks in the rain," said Paul Creasy of Full Spectrum.

The Wiley family drove in from Butts County for the show after their hometown of Jackson cancelled its Fourth of July fireworks event.

"Whatever it takes to sit out and watch the fireworks," said Carol Wiley.

Other towns were forced to cancel their plans.

Lawrenceville officials called off its "Prelude" fireworks show late Wednesday afternoon.  The yearly event at the historic square was set to include the musical "South Pacific" by the Aurora Theatre followed by fireworks.

"We tried to hold out as long as we could and we looked at the weather maps. We kind of waited through the afternoon because it looked like it might be holding a little bit west, but when you get to a certain point looking at all these events that were going to be happening outdoors,  we just had to consider the safety of others and when you look at that radar, there were more bands of rain coming," said Mark Mulling of the Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association.

The organizers in Lawrenceville said they couldn't reschedule the fireworks show because of the way it was organized with the Aurora Theatre. They also say they lost thousands of dollars for the stage and the fireworks.

Some people said they saw the cancellations as an opportunity to see more fireworks over more days.

"When the other communities that have cancelled theirs and they start up again, then we have more that we can go see since we like them so much," said Wiley.

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