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Video: Let's Revisit The Most Epic 4th Of July Fireworks Fail

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Every year, San Diego is home to a massive fireworks show that draws in half a million people. While the event is normally pretty spectacular, it was especially epic three years ago when things went awry.

The 2012 Big Bay Boom fireworks show (which will forever be known in history as the Big Bay Bust or Big Bay Blunder), was supposed to blast fireworks off of four barges in a synchronized pyrotechnic show. It was supposed to last 17 minutes. Instead, what eager onlookers got was an explosion of 7,000 shells of fireworks in the sky all at once—in about 30 seconds.

It was equally glorious, beautiful, loud and kind of scary. But don't worry, nobody was hurt during the fireworks fail.

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The folks who operated the fireworks show blamed the mishap on a computer glitch. The people who came to watch the show were a little disappointed to say the least. “I said, ‘If this is the beginning of the show, the rest of the show is going to be awesome,” Juliann King, who was at the fireworks show, told U-T San Diego. “We saw one more firework.”