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San Diego fireworks fail: Fourth of July display accidentally launches all at once

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
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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.

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"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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"We sincerely apologize for the technical glitch that affected the #BigBayBoom," the Port of San Diego told to its Twitter followers. "Event producers are currently investigating the cause."

The premature explosion occurred shortly before 9 p.m., according to NBC San Diego. Twenty minutes later, the thousands of people gathered in Glorietta Bay were told via a radio broadcast that the show had been canceled.

"This is very uncommon," August Santore, a spokesman for Garden State Fireworks, told CNN. "There was nothing in the pyrotechnics that went wrong—it was the electronics."

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