Hundreds of thousands of people went to San Diego's annual Fourth of July fireworks show, said to be one of the biggest fireworks shows in the country, expecting an 18-minute show. After a glitch, fireworks brightened up the cloudy San Diego evening for only 15 seconds Wednesday night.
From the Big Bay Boom website:
"Technical Problem Caused Show to Execute in 15 Seconds
Approximately 5 minutes before the show was to start, a signal was sent to the barges that would set the timing for the rest of the show after the introduction. There were a number of preliminary test signals sent hours and minutes leading up to the show. All these signals tested properly according to Garden State Fireworks, the fireworks company that provides the show.
The Garden State Fireworks team 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. "
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