San Diego's big fireworks display suffered a technical glitch causing all of the pyrotechnics to go off all at once. Ooops. From ABC News:
Garden State Fireworks, the firm hired by the city to produce the show, acknowledged the mistake. “We will be working throughout the night to determine what technical problem caused the entire show to be launched in about 15 seconds. We apologize for the brevity of the show and the technical difficulties….""San Diego Fireworks Show Goes Up in Flames" (Thanks for the video link, chaopoiesis!)
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