3 p.m., Oct. 18
Big Bay Boom prepares to try again
New Jersey company that oversaw last year's debacle once again has contract for massive fireworks display
The Port of San Diego and Garden State Fireworks, the same company behind last year’s catastrophically failed Fourth of July fireworks display, are gearing up for a slightly scaled-down version of last year’s event, which drew national attention when a full 17 minute program’s worth of explosives were lit off in a span of 30 seconds.
While four barges across San Diego Bay will be presenting the synchronized Big Bay Boom show beginning at 9 p.m., there will not be a barge in Imperial Beach this year.
“The world will be watching, so we need to deliver an exceptional show,” says the show’s executive producer Sandy Purdon.
Local officials expect to draw a crowd of between 300,000 and 500,000 to locations around the bay, and are encouraging visitors to arrive early, carpool, or take free shuttle buses to popular viewing areas. Police will block access to Shelter and Harbor Islands when on-site parking fills up, which has happened as early as 3 p.m. in years past.
While Garden State stuck by a story that a specialized computer virus struck its computers in San Diego (but not at any of more than a dozen other sites where it was operating similar shows at the same time), a local IT expert came to a simpler conclusion “They screwed up during testing.”