Locals complain after Paducah flea market plans fireworks during eclipse

PADUCAH, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Paducah flea market is under fire after announcing plans for a fireworks show during the total eclipse of the sun. 

The owner of Traders Mall Flea Market says it wants to do something fun for the big day. They plan to take advantage of the darkness to host a free one-minute fireworks show on August 21. 

Traders Mall co-owner Richard Gray tells WPSD-TV that  the idea was to do something nice for the community. "We just thought that it would be a cool idea to come in and be able to do that and say we did something, and you were able to see fireworks, plus be able to see the eclipse at the same time," Gray said. 

But not everyone is thrilled about fireworks during such a rare celestial event. Many are complaining on social media. 

Gray says unless a county official pulls the plug on the fireworks show, they have no plans to cancel. The flea market plans a celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the day of the eclipse with free food and games. 

The fireworks will last for 1 minute. The total time the sun is covered by the moon is 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

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