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San Diego’s fireworks fizzle

Fri., July 6, 2012

SAN DIEGO – The Fourth of July fireworks show went off with a bang over San Diego Bay. Too big a bang.

The Big Bay Boom show that was supposed to wow crowds for 20 minutes lasted only about 20 seconds after a computer mishap caused multiple bulb-shaped explosions on the bay, lighting the night sky over downtown San Diego and filling the air with deafening booms.

The show’s producer blamed a “technical glitch” Thursday, saying an error in its computer system caused tens of thousands of fireworks on four barges to go off simultaneously with a single command.

“Thank goodness no one was injured. Precautions all worked 100 percent,” said August Santore, part-owner of Garden State Fireworks.

Garden State Fireworks, based in Millington, N.J., apologized and vowed to determine precisely what went wrong.


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