Fireworks light the sky over San Diego Bay during 'Big Bay Boom' display

Free parking, shuttles at Harbor, Shelter islands

SAN DIEGO - Fireworks lit the sky over San Diego Bay Thursday for the 'Big Bay Boom' show.

The fireworks display ended around 9:30 p.m. and there were no major issues -- a relief to many of the spectators who set out to watch from various viewing spots around the bay. 

Watch 10News Reporter Preston Phillips interviews spectators on 10News at 11 p.m.

Last year's 'Big  Bay Boom' show was unexpectedly spectacular as a computer glitch caused the entire fireworks display to explode at once five minutes before the show was set to start.

This year, an additional two minutes was added onto the show to make up for last year's bust.

"I turned around and all of the fireworks were done," said Yvonne Loveland, who watched the 2012 show. "It was a big blur."

Crews double- and triple-checked computers to make sure the glitch did not happen again.

Garden State Fireworks, the company behind the show, delivered on its promise for a more than 18-minute extravaganza.

This year, a company was also hired to keep fireworks from littering the ocean. For the first time, environmental testing will be done in the water before and after the show. These additions tacked on about $80,000 to the display.

To accommodate crowds coming to the annual waterfront show, the Port of San Diego set up free parking and shuttle service to viewing points at Harbor and Shelter islands.

The parking lots were opened to the public from 5:30 p.m. and shuttles began departing from them at 6 p.m., continuously conveying passengers to and from designated viewing spots until 11 p.m.

Parking and shuttle pick-up for Shelter Island was at the corner of Carleton Street and Rosecrans Street in Point Loma. Passengers were dropped off in front of the gazebo on Shelter Island.

Parking and shuttle pick-up for Harbor Island was at the Port of San Diego Administration building at 3165 Pacific Highway, or at the Port's employee lot across the street at Pacific Highway and Sassafras Street.

Following fireworks, people on Shelter Island met at the gazebo to take the shuttle back. Harbor Island spectators grabbed return shuttles at the pick-up point across Harbor Island Drive next to San Diego Harbor Police headquarters.


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