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Canton Trade Days open for business, despite storm damage

CANTON, TX (KLTV) - Vendors at Canton's First Monday Trade Days thought all they'd have to worry about was a big Fourth of July crowd.

That was until a micro burst of wind and rain hit the area, sending goods flying all over the site. Tents were destroyed, trees were snapped, and everyone was just trying to save as much merchandise as they could.

Rick Markey was just across the alley, helping a his friend get merchandise covered when he saw six of his friends tents being taken out.

"Everything was blowing everywhere...just a mess," Markey said.

Truman Brown stated he's been selling antique glass at first Monday trade days for more than 20 years, and never experienced anything like what he went through last night.

He says he was sitting in the back seat of his van when a big limb blew off and landed on the top of his van crushing the roof just inches away from where he was sitting.

Much of the city that lines the interstate was also without power until after midnight.

Police tell us no injuries were reported from the trade grounds, just a lot of scattered damage.

Most of the vendors all say that they will not let this storm set them back. They will be opening for the big Fourth of July crowd.

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