High winds hamper stunts, special effects on 'I, Alex Cross' set in Cleveland

CLEVELAND - There were no car chases.  No explosions.  No stunt men were set afire.

High winds in downtown Cleveland caused delays in planned pyrotechnic scenes for the movie, I, Alex Cross, currently being filmed on Lakeside Avenue and Ontario Street, in front of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse.

Cleveland Division of Fire officials confirmed to NewsChannel5 late Tuesday afternoon that winds gusting to 30 mph were too strong to allow for shooting of some sequences of the film.  The officials said filming would continue "as conditions allow".  Fire personnel are on the set as a safety precaution.

According to the Office of Mayor Frank Jackson, numerous action sequences remain to be filmed before the production winds down.

Last week, filming at the same site was delayed by a water main break.

Throughout the day on Tuesday, crews could be seen setting up and rehearsing.  Stunt doubles for Tyler Perry and Mathew Fox were in plain view of dozens of onlookers at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.

Cameras could also be seen on the roof of the nearby Cuyahoga County Administration Building.

According to NewsChannel5 Chief Meteorologist, Mark Johnson, winds should calm overnight and into Wednesday, before picking up again as a cold front with rain passes through the area overnight Wednesday.

Around 7:20 p.m., crews on the set were able to do one large explosion, sending an SUV flipping through the streets. A security guard at the location said that was the only explosion of the day.

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