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Making sure Big Bay Boom doesn't go bust this year

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - It was nearly one year ago that the Big Bay Boom fireworks show over San Diego Bay went bust and lasted just 30 seconds. Now plans are underway to make sure this week's show goes smoothly.

There's a lot of planning that goes into a show this big. Planning for this one started back in October. The company's owner says he's personally adding a few precautions to make sure this Big Bay Boom is beautiful.

A tiny computer glitch caused the largest fireworks show of the year. The only problem was how long it was -- only 30 seconds.

"I was frustrated as soon as I saw something happen because I know exactly what's supposed to happen," Garden State Fireworks owner August Santore, Jr. said.

A lot of people were disappointed, but probably none more than Santore. His family-owned business has done thousands of fireworks shows before.

"I said look, if you wanna have us back we'll come and do the show for free. And that's what we're doing," he said.

News 8 caught up with his crew as they were bringing in the fireworks and mounting the mortars. Some are the size of tennis balls, others softballs.

"By no means do you ever take for granted these explosives. You have to have your wits about you, your common sense about you at all times. Because like you said, it is handling explosives," Santore said.

He says this year the show will have 20,000 fireworks and last 18 1/2 minutes.

"What you're gonna see is just a bunch of awesome different colors, pastels, traditional red whites and blues. Very patriotic event," Santore said.

The show should be amazing, and every time they do one, months of planning go into it. But to make sure this one lasts 18 minutes -- and not 18 seconds -- an extra precaution.

I'm going to do something traditionally we haven't done and no one really does, which is connect the show in an inactive mode separate for the fireworks and run it through checking some pulsing and testing we normally wouldn't do," Santore explained.

That's in addition to the host of checks they've done for years -- a lot of years. The family business has been around for 123 years.

"We recognize the hype that's surrounded by the event. But I've been doing this since I was 10. For me, I need to do my job. And that's what I'm here to do," Santore said.

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