Crowds brave record heat at Fair St. Louis, 2 dozen health issues

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by John Knicely / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 4 at 9:41 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The first night of Fair St. Louis ended with a bang. A lot of bangs actually.

The impressive array of fireworks over the Arch capped off a successful day on what was the hottest 4th of July on record in St. Louis. Temperatures up to 105 degrees couldn’t keep people away, but the heat did cause some health issues.

“We've had about 2 dozen heat related cases where people needed extra help,” said Fair St. Louis spokesman Bob Schenk. “But the reports we're hearing from the park, police, and EMS is that folks have understood it's hot and have taken precautions.”

This year, Fair St. Louis added one extra Metro cooling bus. Organizers also added an extra EMS tent on Lenore K. Sullivan Drive since there’s no flooding issue. Fire truck sprinklers sit at both entrances into the fair and kids were taking advantage all day.

Schenk said it didn’t appear that the heat thinned the crowd. Fair St. Louis has a one day break since the Fourth fell on a Wednesday. The festivities pick back up Friday afternoon on the Arch grounds.

 

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