Big Bay Boom fireworks show promises to be anything but a flop in 2013

Garden State to donate show's fireworks supply

SAN DIEGO - It what was supposed to be one of the most impressive fireworks displays around, instead, it was a major flop that ended up making national headlines.

After the Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show went bust in 2012, the company behind it promised to do a make-up show, free of charge.

The show's executive producer though told 10News the same fireworks company they subcontract with out of New Jersey that did the show last year will be donating this year's fireworks supply, but will not be putting on an additional show free of charge.

Nearly a year ago, the sky over San Diego harbor was lit up by three massive fireballs that were supposed to be a 20-minute long, $400,000 fireworks extravaganza. It turned out to last only about 15 seconds due to a computer software glitch that caused $125,000 worth of fireworks to go off at the same time.

Following the incident, August Santore of Garden State Fireworks said, "It's just something that was beyond our control."

The next day, the company apologized and offered to make up the Big Bay Boom Fireworks show free of charge.     

"We've never had this situation happen before and God willing we'll never have anything like this again," said Santore.

Sandy Purdon, the show's executive producer, said there will be no free show, but the fireworks themselves will be on the house.

As far as a make-up show is concerned, Purdon says the show's 70 or so sponsors decided against it.

 "If we did it some other time we'd still have to raise that other $300k from all the sponsors, and the sponsors said rather than do it twice let's just do a really good bang up job for July 4th," said Purdon.

Purdon said this year's fireworks display will require an additional $75,000 or so, money that will go toward extensive water monitoring before and after the show to determine exactly what the massive display's impacts on the water really are.

"We're trying to be proactive and address some of these issues to make sure that we're not doing any damage to the water body," said Purdon.

The show will also be hiring Vessel Assist San Diego to put burms in place around the barges out in the bay to keep fireworks debris from floating freely into the ocean.

10News reached out to Garden State Fireworks Friday for comment about this year's show, but calls were not returned.


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