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  1. I hope they get their money back!

  2. Brilliant pyrotechnic interpretation of the housing bubble.

  3. @3, in that case I guess we would not be getting our money back! 😉

  4. Sounds like a perfect time to ask for a bailout.

  5. What is the over/under on number of lawsuits? 5?

    According to a producer of the event, Garden State Fireworks has offered to put on another show in San Diego before next 4th of July, but there’s a catch: the pyrotechnic display only makes up about $125,000 of the roughly $400,000 cost of the event, leaving the city to cover about $275,000.

    Wednesday night, a massive fusillade of bright rocketry lit up North Island and the downtown area just before 9 p.m.

    YouTube video from the scene showed a gigantic 28-second blast, with rockets and bombs bursting in a random pattern. Then, nothing.

    “It looked like a planet coming,” one spectator told a local TV station.

    Coast Guard officials said it appeared that entire battery of explosives on three of the four launch barges was launched at the same time, possibly due to a “premature ignition.”

    “It looked like the finale … you know, right at the end they shoot off everything.” said Rich Dann, a civilian Coast Guard employee at the San Diego station.

    Port officials said on the agency’s Twitter page that they “sincerely apologize for the technical glitch that affected Big Bay Boom. Event producers are currently investigating the cause.”

    A message on stated that The Garden State Fireworks team, the company that provided the show, would be working through the night to determine what technical problem caused the entire show to be launched in about 15 seconds.

    More than 500,000 people were expected to line the bay for the big blast. “It took 25 minutes to get the word out” that the entire fireworks show had blown at once, said the Coast Guard’s Dann.

    “On the water, there were people on the radio venting,” he told City News Service. “A lot of people were unhappy, some had been here all day.”

  6. Must have been cool to watch for the 28 seconds.

  7. “premature ignition” – I hate when that happens.

  8. @8: they say you’re supposed to think of baseball when that happens.

  9. thanks mama – i’ll give it a try

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