Fourth of July spectators in San Diego were either incredibly disappointed or overjoyed when the annual Big Bay Boom extravaganza began and ended early after a technical malfunction caused all the pyrotechnics to ignite all at once. The 18-minute show began five minutes before schedule and lasted about 15 seconds. Despite the show’s brevity, the massive ball of apocalyptic-looking explosions was breathtaking in their own right.
The Big Bay Boom is one of the largest Fourth of July fireworks shows in the nation and regularly attracts half a million spectators. This year’s 12th annual spectacle was advertised as ”bigger and more intense than in past years.” At least they nailed the “intense” part. - EW