Final preparations underway for Big Bay Boom

SAN DIEGO - The new company in charge of the Big Bay Boom in San Diego Bay is promising changes after a computer malfunction in 2012 caused all the fireworks to go off at once.

The big show will send 6,000 aerial shells into the sky, along with 20,000 never-before-used fireworks. It will haul the fireworks out on four barges.

The 18-minute display will be choreographed to music. An estimated 500,000 people will watch the show. It is expected to provide a $10.6 million boost to the local economy.

The show made national headlines two years ago when a computer caused all of the fireworks to explode at once, about five minutes before the show was scheduled to begin. Officials with Garden State Fireworks quickly took responsibility for the massive mishap. The company returned last year, and the show went off without a hitch.

However, Pyro Spectaculars by Souza took over this year.

"I hope they (Garden State Fireworks) learn from what they did, it just can't happen with what we use," said Sam Bruggema, who is coordinating tonight’s show. Bruggema said he has 28 years’ experience putting on fireworks shows.

The show begins at 9 p.m. The best places to watch are the Coronado Ferry Landing, Harbor Island, Seaport Village, Shelter Island and points along the downtown waterfront.
Event organizers say parking on Shelter Island usually fills up by 1 p.m. and the last spots on Harbor Island are often filled by 5 p.m. Shuttle buses will run from the Port of San Diego's administration building at 3165 Pacific Highway to Harbor Island.

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