Despite storms, freedom celebration rocks downtown Houston

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The big party downtown was delayed Friday night by storms, but that didn't dempen people's spirits

A strong lightening storm delayed one of the countries largest Fourth of July celebrations near downtown Houston Friday, but the festival was spared any heavy rain.

"The rain really missed us. Just a few sprinkles, but nothing to run us away," said Bobby Brown, who was at the show.

Paramedics said the closely rainstorms helped to keep temperatures down. They reported fewer than expected heat related calls. More than 100,000 people were expected to flood Eleanor Tinsley Park for the Freedom of Texas Celebration. Everything was pushed back about 30 minutes because of the storm.

"You do it rain or shine. You ain't got not choice with all that stuff that's set up," said Eric Doyon.

The fireworks show lasted for about 20 minutes. Then, it was time for everyone to get back on the roads. Houston officers were on the lookout for drunk drivers during this no refusal weekend. Drivers who are stopped on suspicion on DWI are asked to take a breath test. Those who refuse are forced to give up their blood by way of search warrant.

"There are extra officers on the streets that are going to get that evidence to make sure that you get arrested and convicted as quickly as possible," said Harris County Assistant District Attorney Alison Bainbridge.

Bainbridge said from 10pm Thursday night to 6am, officers processed about 50 DWI suspects and took 23 blood samples.

"I get very nervous. That's why we are going to stay down and just wait a little bit and let everybody clear out," said Patricia Downs.

Bainbridge said so far, there have been two fatalities since no refusal weekend started in which alcohol is suspected to be a factor.

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