Sumida fireworks festival 2013: This year featuring a lot of drowned kitties

A heavy storm on Saturday night caused the cancelation of the famous Sumida River fireworks festival in Tokyo for the first time in 35 years.

Unstable atmospheric conditions over the Kanto region brought heavy downpours to Tokyo at around 7 p.m., the Japan Meteorological Agency said Sunday.

The fireworks extravaganza started at 7:05 p.m. and was scheduled to last until 8:30 p.m., with more than 20,000 fireworks to be let off.

About 10 minutes after the festival began, strong winds hit the area, followed by thunder and then a downpour, Fuji TV reported. Organizers made the decision to cancel the festival after 30 minutes. It was the first time the Sumida fireworks festival had been canceled since 1978.

The festival is one of Japan’s most famous, attracting nearly 100,000 spectators each year. It dates back to 1732, when fireworks were first used in festivals.

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