A "technical glitch" at San Diego's annual Big Bay Boom fireworks display resulted in hundreds of fireworks being shot off simultaneously five minutes before the show was set to start.
Port of San Diego and Garden State Fireworks apologized for the "brevity of the show" and released a statement concerning the malfunction:
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.
The Garden State Fireworks team will be working throughout the night to determine what technical problem caused the entire show to be launched in about 15 seconds.
Even though the event blew its load early, many attendees didn't seem to mind. Loud cheers could be heard in the myriad videos that were captured during the once-in-a-lifetime Grand Finale.
[photo via Ben Baller]