Sunset Symphony evacuated during storm

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A strong thunderstorm forced the evacuation of the Memphis Symphony and thousands of people from Tom Lee Park a short time ago.

At first the rain seemed as if it would pass but then got stronger so some people started to leave.

About 9:15 strong winds blew through the park combined with a lightning storm.

Several vendor signs fell over and chairs and umbrellas went flying which caused a minor panic among some people.

Moments later symphony members were evacuated from the stage and the park was cleared.

No injuries have been reported.

“We consistently monitor the weather to ensure the public’s safety, as it is of utmost importance,” said Jim Holt, President & CEO of Memphis in May.  “We regret the traditional fireworks were not able to take place, which would have served as the grand finale for a month long celebration.  Rest assured, we will have double the fireworks in 2015 as a way to show our appreciation for another wonderful Memphis in May.”

It was a somewhat scary end to an otherwise wonderful Memphis in May.

Tonight's Redbirds game was called in the 9th inning due to the storm and fireworks there were also cancelled.