A computer glitch was blamed for causing San Diego’s Fourth of July fireworks show to go off all at once, MSNBC reports. The result was a pretty spectacular show for the thousands of spectators — including many who camped out — but the show only lasted about 15 seconds.
The event, billed as the “Big Bay Boom,” took place on the city’s Glorietta Bay.
“About 5 minutes before the show was supposed to start, a sudden burst of fireworks shot into the air near the bay,” the story reports. “Throughout downtown San Diego, a large rumble could be felt just before 9 p.m. on Wednesday night.”
An announcement was made at about 9:20 p.m. telling spectators to go home and saying the fireworks show had been canceled.
The story reports: “Hours after the fireworks malfunction, August Santore, co-owner of Garden State Fireworks, told San Diego morning television stations, ‘We apologize to all the residents and all the people who missed their fireworks.’”
Authorities from the Port District attributed the problem to a “technical difficulty,” the report notes.
Here’s a video clip of the incident: