They started the Esplanade fireworks a bit early tonight - just in time for them to end and evacuate the area as a storm plowed across the area, knocking out power in at least part of Waltham and Cambridge and sending skittish dogs and children under beds.
Have to give Boston Pops organizers credit on timing. Made it from the esplanade lagoon to Kenmore JUST as the rain started.
The Hynes Convention Center and the Common garage were open to people seeking refuge from the storm.
"Are those fireworks?" *Pokes head out of window and is immediately soaked by thunderstorm*
In East Boston, police used cruiser loudspeakers before the fireworks to alert people gathered on the waterfront that the fireworks would be starting earlier than expected and would be immediately followed by torrential rains. Alison Frisby reports the post-fireworks scene:
Downpour starts as crowds are filing down my street, lots of screaming girls.
Tom Griffiths checks in from the western part of the state:
I live in Northampton, I got this storm 3 hours ago...before it sold out and went mainstream.
Booze Epoque captured boats fleeing the Charles after the fireworks:
J. Alain Ferry reports stretched power lines were all that kept a tree from crushing a car on North Crescent Street in Brighton:
Bbarbaruolo photographed another tree that came down on Washington Street near Comm. Ave. in Brighton: