Technical hitch, 18 minute 4th July fireworks all go off in 30 seconds
However this year due to a technical problem, the proposed 18-minute firework display went off in just 30 seconds, leaving hundreds of thousands of spectators disappointed.
August Santore, co-owner of the display's organisers Garden State Fireworks, told New Jersey's Star-Ledger: "Thank goodness no one was injured. [The] precautions all worked 100%.
"We are a good strong company, and we rely on technology. We'll take the ridicule as long as no one was injured."
Santore attributed the malfunction to a software error.
The Port of San Diego also issued a statement apologising for the "brevity" of the display, adding: "Approximately five minutes before the show was to start, a signal was sent to the barges that would set the timing for the rest of the show after the introduction.
"All these signals tested properly according to Garden State Fireworks."
Watch the technical mishap below:
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