Due to recent budget cuts, the San Diego fireworks display was cut to just 15 seconds.
Well, not really.
In one of the most spectacular explosions in recent history, a technical glitch caused all of the west coast town’s fireworks to ignite all at once, resulting in a magnificent – albeit brief – pyrotechnics display.
Ironically, this year’s edition of the “Big Bay Boom” was advertised as being “bigger and more intense than in past years.” More intense? Yes. But just 15 seconds long.
“Oh my God. Look at that. Is that supposed to happen?” said one person as captured on a YouTube video of the fireworks fail.
In a statement issued just before midnight local time, the Port of San Diego Bay said that just before all of the fireworks exploded, technicians sent a signal “to the barges that would set the timing for the rest of the show after the introduction.”
Garden State Fireworks “will be working throughout the night to determine what technical problem caused the entire show to be launched in about 15 seconds. We apologize for the brevity of the show and the technical difficulties,” according to a statement posted at www.bigbayboom.com.
Check out the impressive yet brief fireworks display below.
- San Diego Accidentally Set Off All Its Fourth Of July Fireworks at Once (theatlanticwire.com)
- Big Bay Boom indeed: San Diego fireworks go up all at once (usnews.msnbc.msn.com)
- Glitch causes San Diego fireworks to go up all at once (cnn.com)