Esplanade evacuated as Mother Nature puts on own fireworks display
State officials started evacuating the Esplanade around 9:30 as a potentially violent thunderstorm headed toward the thousands of people crammed in there for the Pops concert and fireworks. Channel 5 reports many sang "God Bless America" as they filed into the Storrow Drive tunnel. Concertgoers on the Boston side were also given shelter in the Hynes Convention Center garage.
The storm, however, passed the Esplanade by and shortly after 10 p.m., state and Boston police began letting people back onto the Esplanade, after the National Weather Service declared the area safe again.
WBZ meteorologist Barry Burbank tweets authorities made the right call:
Bottom line is safety of every person. With the frequent vivid lightning nearby, officials called the evacuation then the storm died!