San Diego's fireworks extravaganza went off without a hitch Thursday night, filling the sky with brilliant colors amid patriotic music, including "Born in the USA."
To the relief of public officials, much of the citizenry, and certainly the organizers of the July 4th Big Bay Boom Fireworks show, there was no repeat of last year's computer glitch that caused all the fireworks to ignite in a colorful but confusing 30 seconds.
Instead, several hundred thousand people surrounding San Diego Bay were treated to 18 minutes of fireworks designs Thursday night, starting at 9 p.m., topped by a finale of several complex designs.
The city, always worried about its public image, was embarrassed when videos posted on the Internet of the 2012 fizzle garnered millions of views, followed by snarky comments. That put pressure on organizers and the fireworks firm, New Jersey-based Garden State Fireworks, to do things correctly this year.