What Happens When 4th of July Fireworks Go Off At the Same Time? San Diego Big Bay Boom Found Out [Video]

Big Bay Boom 2012

Ever wondered what it would look like if all the 4th of July fireworks went off at the same time? It happened in San Diego.

The Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom 4th of July fireworks display was supposed to last 18 minutes, but the malfunction set all the fireworks off in 15 seconds.

While some may think this is the answer to their question, ‘What would it look like if the 4th of July fireworks went off at the same time?’ It’s not so fun if you were a person that was waiting three or more hours and paid $12 for parking.

About five minutes before the Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom display was to begin, their annual fireworks display malfunctioned and all the fireworks were set off at the same time.

San Diego’s Big Bay Boom is advertised as one of the largest fireworks shows in the nation, and attracts around half a million spectators. The 4th of July fireworks are launched from five barges in the San Diego Bay. San Diego fireworks 2012 was the 12th year and was being advertised as “bigger and more intense than in past years,” and organizers set up free buses and shuttles to handle the crowds of spectators.

The firm hired by the city of San Diego to put on the firework show, Garden State Fireworks, acknowledged the mistake and said in a statement posted on their website (www.bigbayboom.com), “We 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.”

Now the San Diego Fireworks 2012 show is being called the Big Bay Bust. The organizers blamed technical issues for the problem and said, “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.”

No injuries were reported but it’s being reported that the force of the exploding fireworks was so strong that a large rumble could be felt throughout downtown San Diego just before 9 p.m.

Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom

San Diego Fireworks 2012:

The Big Bay Boom Firework Show in San Diego for 2012 was a “Big Bay Bust”. There was a technical problem and ALL of the fireworks went off within 30 seconds. The original Big Bay Boom was set to last about 15 minutes.

The Big Bay San Diego Fireworks Show Bust

Big Bay Boom fireworks show canceled after a technical glitch.

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