San Diego fireworks fail: A Fourth of July mishap goes viral

fireworks-fail-benballer-instagram.jpgA San Diego fireworks show ended before it even began on Wednesday when, five minutes prior to the planned start of the show, all of the fireworks went off at once in a huge burst of light and noise. The fireworks display, which was supposed to last 18 minutes, ended up lasting only 15 seconds.

The Big Bay Boom, as the show is called, released a statement about the mishap. "Approximately 5 minutes before the show was to start, a signal was sent to the barges that would set the timing for the rest of the show after the introduction. There were a number of preliminary test signals sent hours and minutes leading up to the show. All these signals tested properly according to Garden State Fireworks, the fireworks company that provides the show," they write. "The Garden State Fireworks team 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."

The photo above was taken by Twitter user BenBaller via Instagram. The show may have been short -- but at least it was spectacular. Check out the video below!
Photo/Video credit: BenBaller via Instagram