Mother Nature rains on Truckee 4th of July Parade |

Mother Nature rains on Truckee 4th of July Parade

Staff report

The Truckee 4th of July Parade was just hitting its stride when Mother Nature got in on the action.

After a sunny Firecracker Mile fun run, clouds darkened the sky over Truckee as the caravan of floats began its slow stroll through the crowd-lined streets of downtown.

Minutes later, a bright flash of lightning and a loud clap of thunder drew collective “oohs” and “ahhs” from the suddenly anxious parade-goers.

Another bolt and boom followed. Then another. Then came the rain — large, soaking drops — as people scurried for cover.

Those who initially stood their ground joined the mass exodus when a particularly close bolt of lightning struck just south of downtown.

Multiple people reported feeling electricity in the air after the nearby strike, while one man said the percussion of the lightning knocked an umbrella from his hand.

Fortunately for all, no injuries were reported.