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  • Fireworks fail in San Diego (Travis Cass/Atlantic Wire)

    Ron Burgundy would've had a field day with this story.

    A Fourth of July fireworks show in San Diego lasted just 15 seconds on Wednesday, when what organizers called "a technical glitch" caused all of the fireworks to go off at the same time.

    According to Garden State Fireworks, a signal that was sent to the barges to "set the timing" of the fireworks caused "the entire show to be launched in about 15 seconds."

    The "Big Bay Boom," as it was billed, quickly became a Big Bay Bust.

    [Slideshow: Fourth of July fireworks]

    "Anyone know if that was on purpose?" Josh Damigo wrote on Twitter. "It sure seems like something went wrong!"

    "Was that it?" Jennifer Boyd tweeted.

    Adding to the confusion, music that was supposed to be synchronized with the display played on in the darkness.

    "There was "Proud to be an American," "Born in the USA," some Taylor Swift songs and lots of music with "America" in them," Teagan Hamblin told CNN.

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  • The ice slips beneath a mountain climber in Colorado. (YouTube)A group of mountain climbers attempting to ascend Kennedy's Gully in the Ouray Ice Park in Colorado rescued a fellow climber from near-certain death when a sheath of ice suddenly slipped out from under him.

    As the climber makes his way up the gully, the other climbers who are off camera and filming him from above realize that the ice is quickly melting beneath him.

    "We've got a rope if you want it," a woman says. "We're setting up a rappel, can you hang on?"

    "Yeah, that would be great," he says.

    There's a clear sense of urgency from the climbers above as they work to lower a rope to the climber before the ice breaks:

    It's a tense few moments as the climber works to get the rope clipped to his belt.

    "Ok, you're golden," the woman tells him.

    "Thank you very much," he says.

    However, things quickly take a turn at two minutes into the video, when the climber ignores pleas to sit tight while the other climbers examine alternate routes for him. As he attempts to press onward, the sheath of ice suddenly slips out from under him.

    The site Planet Mountain says that it would have been a 50-meter (160-foot) drop to the bottom of the gully that almost certainly would have killed the climber.

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  • A map of what was once Doggerland encompasses the U.K.

    Whether Atlantis was real may never be known. But scientists from several European universities have recovered artifacts from a kind of "European Atlantis" at the bottom of the North Sea. Now, those artifacts from the sunken landmass known as Doggerland are going on display at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London.

    According to CBS News, divers found fossilized evidence of large mammals, including mammoths; harpoons; fish prongs; and possible burial sites. Scientists, including Dr. Richard Bates of St. Andrews University, have recreated Doggerland in 3D with the help of geophysical surveys. Visitors to the Royal Society Exhibition will be able to explore this lost land up close.

    Doggerland was a purported landmass that stretched between Scotland, Denmark, and the Chanel Islands. It was slowly enveloped by water following the end of the last Ice Age. The Royal Society's official site points out that the challenges faced by the residents of Doggerland aren't so

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