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Fireworks go off at Panthers Fan Fest just before heavy rain expected to move in

Carolina Panthers fans cheer the team during Fan Fest at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Friday.
Carolina Panthers fans cheer the team during Fan Fest at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Friday. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Fireworks went off at the Panthers Fan Fest at Bank of America Stadium, just beating heavy rain expected to move in to uptown late Friday.

Thunderstorms were moving eastward from the Lake Norman area, although no trees have been reported down past Lincolnton in Lincoln County, said Lauren Carroll, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C. Lightning could be seen uptown shortly before 9:30, although no rain had moved in by 10 p.m..

The storms have been lessening in intensity, she said, but could give uptown a good soaking.

No flooding is expected in the immediate uptown area, Carroll said.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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