Thursday night’s storm swept through Papillion Days with high winds, rain and hail. It knocked out the power, toppled tents and scattered carnival goers.
"I thought more were hit but this one here made it, there are a couple that didn't make it,” Terry Fisher of Kansas City said. Fisher's tent was one of those that didn't survive the storm. He’s left to pick up the pieces. Fisher’s a veteran carnival vendor and he's been through plenty of storms but said this one packed a punch.
"It was awful, one second it was just a little drop of water, the next it was my tarp was running away from me and it was pouring down, everyone was screaming,” another tent vendor said. Most everyone in downtown Papillion said there was little or no reaction time to the storm. It blew through in moments. Reporter asked, "Did you have any time to react?" "We had five minutes before a total collapse."
As tents scattered throughout the park, Papillion Police put out stop signs in the intersection of Lincoln and South Washington Street because the power was still out.
For Jacob Trail and his mother, they barely escaped without injury. "Our tent fell down and my mom was getting stuff inside and it fell on her... then a tree fell down next to us,” Trail said. The tree branch fell just inches from where the Trail’s ice cream tent had been standing. "My heart was pumping when the tree fell down next to me but it was really…my heart was pumping really fast,” Trail said.
Papillion Police said no one was injured during the quick moving storm. According to the city, any wristbands bought on Thursday will be honored on Sunday. Papillion Idol will be rescheduled for Monday night at 6 o’clock at the Sumtur amphitheater.