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YouTube right now! The Big Bay Bust

Officially, the San Diego fireworks display on July 4 was an abject failure. Unofficially, it may just be the greatest fireworks show of all time.


Chase Hoffberger


Posted on Jul 5, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 2:53 pm CDT

In YouTube Right Now, the Daily Dot looks at videos that catch our eyes, push our buttons, and move our dials—and that you’ve just got to watch. Right now!

How was your Fourth of July holiday? Good? Did you blow anything up? The city of San Diego blew up a ton of stuff—all in the crazy, chaotic span of about 30 seconds.

Last night’s Big Bay Boom Fourth of July Firework Show quickly dissolved into the Big Bay Bust when a severe lack of communication resulted in the city’s entire 20-minute fireworks display detonating over San Diego Bay en tutti.

Making matters were was the fact that city officials had chosen Queen’s “We Will Rock You” during the ceremony. In the case of fireworks displays, that sentiment is simply not true.

The unfortunate miscue was captured by a galley of San Diego-area onlookers, many of whom have since uploaded videos of the exploding orange mushroom cloud onto YouTube. Shot from the roof deck of the Karl Strauss Brewing House, YouTuber Andrew92106’s documentation of the explosion has been the most popular. Since posting last night, the video has received over 12,000 views.

“I had been adjusting my camera, getting all set up to record the entire show, when all of a sudden ALL THE FIREWORKS WENT OFF,” he wrote. “I quickly adjusted my camera and started recording. You can hear in the video if you listen closely ‘It looks like a finale.’

“Everyone thought it was just an awesome intro for the Big Bay Boom Firework show, which is really amazing each year I watch.”

To be honest, Andrew, this one was pretty sweet as well. As one unidentified woman said in another clip, “I can’t imagine what the grand finale will be like.”

Photo via Reddit


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*First Published: Jul 5, 2012, 10:52 am CDT