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Computer glitch blamed for San Diego fireworks bust

July 6, 2012 |  8:43 am

Blamed on a computer glitch, the Big Bay Boom fireworks show that went bust has now entered into the folklore of San Diego.

In their disappointment, residents are trading "Where were you when the fireworks fizzled?" stories.

A crowd estimated at several hundred thousand had surrounded San Diego Bay for the much-anticipated Fourth of July fireworks show, choreographed to last about 20 minutes. It was over in less than 30 seconds due to what organizers later called ''premature ignition" caused by a software corruption, maybe a virus or malware.

The fireworks company is promising to do next year's show for free. And the local producer has vowed to make amends to San Diego.

No word yet on whether the Port of San Diego, which contributed $145,000 for the show, will seek a refund.

On the positive side, no one was injured when the pyrotechnics all launched simultaneously. Also, no rowdiness among the disappointed crowd. And the show, despite being a flop, will provide an estimated $50,000 to the Armed Services YMCA.


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