The annual U.S. Navy Blue Angels Air Show is a huge event for Pensacola Beach, Fla. In just one day, this quiet beach town can swell into a small metropolis with more than 250,000 anxious fans flocking to the emerald waters to see death-defying maneuvers performed by the Navy’s finest pilots. But on July 12, 2008, that showcase event turned into a nightmare as a huge thunderstorm cell swept over the islandparadise and created a public safety meltdown. A major problem accompanying this ...

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