Walter Mencken 2 p.m., May 28
Big Bay Boom Is A Big Bust
It was named the "Big Bay Boom"; the 2012 fireworks display that port officials said would bring excitement to the waterfront, make San Diego Bay a destination, and bring people to tenant businesses while generating revenue for the Port.
Well, for the thousands of San Diegans and tourists who stared at the sky minutes after nine o'clock the "Big Bay Boom" turned into a Big Bay Bust. A computer glitch caused all of the fireworks to ignite at once, five minutes early.
And while the port promises an investigation, the failed firework display came at a cost.
According to a presentation from Jim Hutzelman, from the Port's marketing and communications department, the cost of Big Bay Boom was estimated at $165,000. That money paid for four barges and fireworks along the Imperial Beach Pier. According to the presentation $95,000 went towards title sponsorship and $70,000 for services.
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