Fireworks explode over the Charles River during a July 4 celebration in Boston. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/Getty Images)
State Police said they will "wait and see" before making any changes to the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, as the first tropical storm of the season - named Arthur - approaches Massachusetts.
“I think it would be premature to make any kind of comment or projection on what that looks like,” State Police Colonel Tim Alben said at a Tuesday press conference at the Esplanade.
State Police followed up later in an email, saying they may give an update Wednesday on any possible changes to the Esplanade festivities depending on what comes out of an afternoon meteorological update.
Officials are likely holding off on altering the celebration because the storm reportedly won't put a damper on the northeast. Arthur was forming off the coast of Florida Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, and was expected to taper off before reaching New England.
The National Hurricane Center forecasted that Arthur will bend toward the northeast and accelerate on Thursday, and will be located somewhere near or off the coast of the Carolinas. The storm may intensify to a Category 1 hurricane, the center said.
On Friday, Arthur will approach the outer banks of North Carolina before taking a sharper northeast turn out into the open Atlantic.
State Police also announced changes to this year's celebration. Spectators will not be allowed to stand on the Longfellow Bridge, which is under construction, and concert goers may no longer bring bicycles into secure areas, such as the Oval and the Lagoon/Island.