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Authorities credit rain for quiet holiday
No fireworks mishaps, fires
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Forsyth County News

Forsyth County officials reported a mostly safe — and soggy — July Fourth holiday.

Persistent rain kept fire from being as much of a threat because the brush and ground were moist, said Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers.

The city of Cumming’s fireworks display went off without any injuries, Shivers said, and the department didn’t respond to any home firework accidents.

“The weather probably dampened activities to the point where there were not any of those things that we would typically see,” he said. “No fireworks mishaps. No brushfires. Nothing.”

Forsyth County Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Rainwater agreed the holiday was “quiet.”

Despite the wet weather, no serious wrecks were reported, he said.

The agency did assist in a theft case that led to a brief chase Thursday on Ga. 400.

Rainwater said Cumming police responded to a report that four men had entered a business on Market Place Boulevard and taken keys.

The business provided the tag number of the Mercedes the men drove off in, and the license number was registered as stolen from DeKalb County, he said.

A deputy spotted the vehicle on Ga. 400 south, but the driver didn’t stop and instead sped up to 100 mph.

“We lost them at Northridge Road,” Rainwater said. “That Mercedes just went into the wind.”

The chase lasted about three minutes, he said. By the time the deputy was able to catch up to the Mercedes, it had traveled several miles south.