Although light rain continued to fall, the Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops concert at SouthPark started at 9 p.m. Thursday.
“ON!! We are doing it!,” the symphony tweeted at 8:30 p.m.
The symphony announced that it would perform until 9:45 p.m. and then, if the fire marshall approved, would launch the annual fireworks display.
The concert and fireworks were touch-and-go earlier Thursday evening when severe thunderstorms rolled into Charlotte, including SouthPark, where the symphony stages the annual patriotic concert and fireworks.
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The National Weather Service said the storms were capable of producing quarter-size hail.
A flash flood warning has been issued for Mecklenburg County until 11 p.m. because so much rain fell.
The symphony’s concert had originally been scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m., followed by the fireworks.
The symphony earlier tweeted that a big crowd stood in line as gates opened at 5 p.m.