Oops! Fireworks Simultaneously Ignite at San Diego's 4th of July Show

San Diego's Fourth of July fireworks show is boasted as one of the largest in the country -- now it can take the claim as one of the shortest. A technical error tonight led to nearly all of its fireworks igniting at once for a show that lasted about 15 seconds.

Officials said in a statement posted to its event homepage that signals tested properly before the show, and the cause is under investigation. "We sincerely apologize for the technical glitch that affected the #BigBayBoom," read a tweet posted by the Port of San Diego.

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Some photos and, of course, commentary about the quick display are below.

San Diego Fireworks Show is a Bust

The majority of the city's Big Bay Boom fireworks display went off at the same time for a spectacularly quick start and end to its 2012 Fourth of July show.

Storified by KCET-TV & KCET.org · Wed, Jul 04 2012 23:21:32

Dogs 1 Crowd 0 , 20 min San Diego fireworks show down to 9 sec. Here is 1 of the barges #HappyEars http://pic.twitter.com/rm9vmtHYHolly J
RT @Prieto: San Diego accidentally set off all the fireworks at once. Lasted 9 seconds. #BigBayBoom http://pic.twitter.com/caZRSRUbWayne Mahoney
RT @bbenlv: San Diego's #bigbayboom picture shot by my sister Marlo Marrujo it Lasted 9sec. All went off at once. http://pic.twitter.com/V7NEoRGxcyber5
RT @MrDimplePB: @BILLBELLAMY happy 4th!! From America's finest city...San Diego! http://pic.twitter.com/ea3HJ3w2BILL BELLAMY
SD trying 2 find its own Higgs Boson? RT @WehoDaily: pic of fireworks fiasco in san diego via @Travel_mayhem http://pic.twitter.com/2RwbdAYq @LAScannerStephanie Elam
RT @MMartin: Feux d'artifice du 4 juillet dans la baie de San Diego : toutes les fusées partent en 15 secondes -- http://pic.twitter.com/jtXURYJ7 (via @melissarein)veronique poliansky
Happy Forth from San Diego #stayclassy http://pic.twitter.com/MNwQYM6jAlan Poon™

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Zach Behrens is KCET's Director of News, Region and State, working on digital and on-air news products that relate to Southern California and beyond.
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