Houston celebrations on 4th of July range from terrific to tragic

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HOUSTON, TX – Depending on where you were last night, celebrating independence was a real blast.  Lightning caused a short delay at Freedom Over Texas.

Susan Christian, Director of Mayor’s Office of Special Events says,“We had to hold the gate for about an hour because we had lightning within two miles. Again, the most important thing is people’s safety.”

But after it cleared out, the fireworks show downtown really wowed the crowd.

A little further southwest in Rosenberg though, the nasty weather forced them to cancel their planned event.

And partying late into the night… Just before 2 a.m., Houston Police responded to shots fired at the Caribbean Festival near Almeda Genoa and 288 into a crowd of thousands enjoying their Fourth of July weekend.

HPD Spokesperson Jody Silva explained, “there’s 4 gunshot victims. Two of them have been transported to Ben Taub, 2 of them to Memorial Hermann. We do know that one of the victims injured is critically injured.”

Thousands of people scrambled from this arena to escape the gunfire, leaving at least two more injured in the chaos.

Anyone having any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

So while cleanup is already underway at Eleanor Tinsley park, on Houston’s south side, 4 people are recovering at area hospitals, and police will be trying to clean up this mess for some time to come.

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