That Bay Boom Was A Bit Bigger Than Expected. Sorry About That

Last Updated on: 5th July 2012, 03:58 pm

Update: I think this one needs itself a soundtrack.

The 4th of July. A time for our American friends to enjoy food, family…and 15 seconds worth of fireworks?

Yes, that video is real. That gigantic explosion was what hundreds of thousands of people were treated to at the Big Bay Boom in San Diego last night. What was supposed to be at least an 18 minute show was over in about 15 seconds thanks to a technical failure.

In a statement issued before midnight, the port said that just before the fireworks all 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, the firm producing the show, “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 on

The statement said preliminary test signals sent hours and minutes before the show tested properly.

Well, all but one of them did, anyhow.

I feel a little bit bad for anybody who came from far away to see that, but in a way it’s kind of cool. You could say you were there for some history and the answer to a trivia question, if nothing else.

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