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Firework vendors welcome wet weather

The rain overnight made this the third wettest June in Wichita history... But what does it mean for July?

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WICHITA, Kan. It likely wasn't fireworks that woke you up last night, but thunder as storms rolled through the city.

A summer soaking drenched parts of KAKELand overnight, causing flooding in several areas.

"It gets pretty deep, in fact last night we had trash cans and a few other things floating down there," said Newton Police Chief Jim Daily. "My overnight supervisor indicated there was about two feet of water running through there."

The forecast, causing firework tent operators to brace for the worst.

"That would pretty much take out our whole stand, if we got large hail that would destroy the tent," said Medic and Firework Stand Worker Brett Butler.

"Really got nervous last night, we shut down a little early," said Firework Stand Co-operator Daniel Darrow. "We basically brought everything in, scooted everything towards the center of the tent and covered it all with tarps."

This morning, debris left in the roads indicated where water receded. This latest downpour makes this the third wettest June in history for Wichita, but what does it mean for your Fourth of July celebrations?

"The fire department is going to love it, I'm certain, because the dry conditions will not quite be as bad as they have been in the past," Daily said.

And firework vendors are also welcoming the wetter weather.

"I think it actually helps the business because we go for awhile without any rain, it's dry, people get worried," Darrow said. "The rain comes in and soaks everything and people get more comfortable and they realize that when I set this off in my driveway, it's not going to set the grass on fire."

But even though conditions look like they will be favorable, you still need to take safety precautions with fireworks. Keep a water source nearby, and do not set fireworks off near structures.


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