For about 15 seconds last night, San Diego beheld the most intense fireworks show of all time. Unfortunately, for the over 500,000 people who had come to see the Independence Day spectacle, 15 seconds was about all they got.
Onlookers waited patiently for an encore, but shortly after the huge opening faded away the Port of San Diego tweeted, "We sincerely apologize for the technical glitch that affected the #BigBayBoom. Event producers are currently investigating the cause." This signaled to the crowd that the show was, indeed, over.
August Santore, co-owner of New Jersey-based Garden State Fireworks, the company that produced the show, gave his own apology Thursday morning.
"I apologize to everyone in San Diego," said Santore. "We did this show in 15 locations around the country last night and this was the first time this has happened. No one is more saddened that we are."
No one is more saddened? The little girl at the end of the video above might give Mr. Santore a run for his money on that one.