San Diego Lives Down Last Year's Fireworks Disaster With Brilliant Show

Posted: Jul. 10th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Last year, San Diego's fireworks show on the bay was an unmitigated disaster, but this July 4th the city made up for it in spades. With 500,000 people turning out to see the brilliant show, the streets downtown were packed with cars and eager viewers, and this year was no let down.

San Diego has one of the largest 4th of July fireworks displays in the country; more than 500,000 people typically turn out to see the display over the bay. So it was deeply embarrassing for the city (and its display coordinator Garden State Fireworks) last year when all the fireworks in the planned 18-minute show went off at the same time due to a computer error, leaving behind an enormous cloud of smoke and a bewildered audience.

The mortifying incident, in which the fireworks lit up the sky for a glorious, deafening 30 seconds, was heavily documented on Twitter and YouTube. "


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