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Shaker Fireworks Shows Go On As Scheduled

Brief storm delayed start of Shaker Country Club show as spectators took cover.

Updated: 10:08 p.m.

A late evening thunderstorm briefly threatened the city fireworks show, as well as the Shaker Country Club fireworks Wednesday night. But both shows got under way without a hitch.

A thunderstorm with lightning hit the area around 9 p.m., delaying the Shaker County Club show by about 10 minutes.

Spectators congregating on the middle school practice fields for the city fireworks show took cover at the nearby First Unitarian Church as lightning lit up the sky.

The wind, thunder and lightning ceased around 9:30 p.m., and spectators returned.

The Shaker Country Club fireworks began about 10 minutes late, at 9:40 p.m. The city fireworks show got under way as the country club show finished up.

Officials in charge of the city fireworks show waited until just before the 10 p.m. showtime before deciding whether to cancel, in case the storm blew over.

Check back with Shaker Heights Patch tomorrow for our coverage of the evening's events!

Donna July 05, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Yes. I guess I was getting emotional. The point I was trying to make was there was a time that Black People could not go to certain places around the city without being harassed. And now that has significantly gone away and some of us don't appreciate it. Mostly the younger generation who just don't understand what us 40 something people had to go through. Thanks for keeping me grounded!
Colleen Ialacci July 05, 2012 at 08:54 PM
My husband and I were able to enjoy the Shaker Heights fireworks with our 5 yr old along. It was our first time going to a fireworks "show" as a family. Thankfully we saw absolutely no negative behavior in the area where we sat with many other families. We had a nice night and apparently missed seeing a lot of negative stuff happening. Glad we took friends' advice and found a spot away from the drama. No difficulties on the travelling at the end either....got home to where we live in Cleveland Heights with no problem. I was just telling a friend that I feel very thankful that my daughter has so far been able to experience so many positive settings living here in the Heights amid diversity every day. I hope these issues will be addressed and any problems solved so the fireworks can continue every year. There are not many options in the area it seems for fireworks to see nearby.
Karen Gillooly July 05, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I was not at the event. We were with friends in Akron for the evening. My family and I have lived in Shaker Heights for 8 years. In reading about what happened and the comments, I am surprised that there is a blanket statement (more than once) that "our community is no longer safe". What does that really mean? Was is safer the day before? Is it less safe today than it was yesterday? There is no community that is free from crime, violence and situations that are scary. When we moved here from Cleveland we understood that living in community (anywhere) means there will be problems - so moving to a suburb farther away from Cleveland or Shaker is not going to mean avoiding or escaping problems that accompany gatherings of large groups of people.
Ralph Dise July 06, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I've lived in Shaker Heights for fourteen years and run a business here for twenty-one years. I feel safer today than I did eighteen years ago when cars were being broken into in the building's parking garage and a computer and a fax were stolen out of my office over two succeeding weekends. Our community is no more dangerous than anywhere else in our country. Teenagers will be teenagers no matter what their skin color. Girls aren't fully mature until they are in their early twenties and boys not until they're 25 or 26. Get a bunch of kids together and there is no telling what can happen. Years ago I found myself facing a group of white boys (all of whom attended well known Catholic high schools). They had converged on a University Heights home where the parents were out of town, only the high school age daughter was home. There was a lot of alcohol and the daughter was frightened. I dispersed the crowd of boys. It wasn't easy and my wife heard me use language that surprised her very much. My point is this, a group of teens at night pose an unpredictable situation-it has very little to do with race and everything to do with maturity.
Keith Nelson Jr. August 03, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Those people sat at a lunch counter and also went to wild parties to dance, some even got into negative stuff, etc. No race has EVER been 100% positive ever. Just because someone with your skin color decides to act like an idiot shouldnt make you ashamed but want tolearn. Learn how not to fall into those personality traps. To learn how to help because no one seems to mention how when these people become "ashamed" of their race NONE of them do what the people back in the days did when they were facing "Uncle Toms" or Black individuals ok with the oppression...what they did was help educate and move the culture along. Not sit back and feel ashamed.....shame is a crippling feeling. Also, I feel pride in a Black person becoming a billionaire in a country where just 40 years ago that would've NEVER happened. It's deeper than money....I agree.

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