Garden State Fireworks has reportedly made an offer to provide the pyrotechnics for a makeup show to take place before Independence Day 2013. "But there's a catch," 10News reports. "The pyrotechnic display only makes up about $125,000 of the roughly $400,000 cost of the event, leaving the city to cover about $275,000."
The Port of San Diego only put up $145,000 of its own money to fund this year's event — the rest came from sponsors. Additionally, show producer Sandy Purdon says logistics make it "impossible" to organize a substitute show "in a couple of days or a couple of months."
The city has released a statement saying it was "disappointed that this year's event failed due to an apparent technical malfunction."
Garden State Fireworks co-owner August Santore tentatively blamed the glitch which caused all the fireworks to be released early and simultaneously on a "corrupted computer file."
Santore says the mishap — the first of its kind in the company's 102 years in business — "pulled the life out of me." He told 10News he plans on working with Purdon to "make amends."
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