“I waited 3hrs in the cold and payd $12 for parking got one little explosion?” tweeted @aj521z.
In a statement issued before midnight, the port said that just before the fireworks all exploded, technicians sent a signal “to the barges that would set the timing for the rest of the show after the introduction.”
Garden State Fireworks, the firm producing the show, “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,” according to a statement posted on www.bigbayboom.com.
The statement said preliminary test signals sent hours and minutes before the show tested properly.[View the story "San Diego fireworks ignited all at once, botching show" on Storify]
– Rong-Gong Lin II
Photo: The San Diego fireworks explode prematurely. Credit: Fox 5 San Diego