The show started five minutes early, and was all over in about 15 seconds.
was captured of the explosion and uploaded to YouTube by user Andrew92106
and has gone viral. With almost 800,000 views by July 5, the footage displays a radiant display of fireworks, but it's all over in under 30 seconds.
The video's description reads as follows:
The Big Bay Boom Firework Show in San Diego for 2012 was a "Big Bay Bust". There was a technical problem and ALL of the fireworks went off within 30 seconds. The original Big Bay Boom was set to last about 15 minutes.
According to the Los Angeles Times
the San Diego show is considered one of the largest Fourth of July fireworks displays in the U.S. Over a half-million people come to see the fireworks and wait hours in anticipation.
The Times also reported the The Port of San Diego advertised the 2012 show as "bigger and more intense than in past years."
It seems they were accurate in their description, although it was not the intense show they'd probably envisioned to celebrate Independence Day. A statement was issued on the Big Bay Boom's website
reads as follows:
"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."
"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. More information when available will be posted on this website."
An image of the premature fireworks explosion posted to Instagram
has also been widely shared on the web.