On July 4 evening, thousands of San Diego festival goers were disappointed when a computer glitch caused the fireworks show Big Bay Boom to not only start 5 minutes early. But to also end 15 seconds later. Yes, the entire show, over ten minutes’ worth of firecrackers deployed all at the same time – within seconds.
At about 9:20 p.m., people waiting for the display were told to return home. The fireworks show was canceled, a radio announcement said.
To be sure, those who were prepared early saw a very unique show, and at least one audience member had his camera rolling (video below). For the others, it was an anti-climactic end to an otherwise delightful and patriotic day.
The Port of San Diego later tweeted: “We sincerely apologize for the technical glitch that affected the #BigBayBoom. Event producers are currently investigating the cause.”
The show took several months of planning for the company and “No one feels worse than us,” said a representative from the New Jersey-based pyrotechnic company.
Garden State Fireworks has produced similar fireworks shows in San Diego in 2010 and 2011.