Surprisingly, the San Diego Trolley was packed, and hotel rooms facing the bay were sold out.And local radio was set to simulcast a patriotic score for the Fourth of July show.
Reports suggest that about five minutes before the Port of San Diego’s Big Bay Boom was to begin at 9 p.m., spectators saw a brilliant display of fireworks that shot up in only 15 seconds – an incredible disappointment to hundreds of thousands of spectators who had waited for hours for the 18-minute show.
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. In this respect, Mike Newton, 29, a photographer who watched from a friend’s 28th-floor apartment said, “It was like a giant, serious bomb went off…that’s what it looked like and felt like. It hit you right in the chest.”Moreover there were no reported injuries and Garden State Fireworks, based in Millington, N.J., apologized and vowed to determine precisely what went wrong.
The 122-year-old company produced hundreds of other shows across the country Wednesday night.