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Success targeted for this year's fireworks show

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - It was the bust seen around the world - made famous right here in San Diego. The "Big Bay Bust," as it was named, was the fireworks show scheduled last year along the harbor.

Last year a tiny computer glitch was to blame for causing the largest fireworks show of the year, The Big Bay Boom, to go bust. What should have been an 18 minute show ended up giving people a 30 second show.

"The two programs. One is a master program the other is backup and they rehearsed the master file but when they married the backup file to the master file, something in that program told the system to fire all the fireworks at once," explained Sandy Purdon, The Executive Producer of the Big Bay Booms Show.

It was a once in a life time show and Purdon wants to keep it that way. In total, he says it was a $400,000 show, made possible by several sponsors.

Garden State Fireworks provided all the pyrotechnics and is comping the fireworks this year to make up for last year - that's a total of about $145,000.

Purdon says this year the show will have 20,000 fireworks and last 18.5 minutes. Also, workers are testing the computer system, doing a test run without the fireworks attached to make sure there are no glitches and the show is as good as it has been in years past.

"We're not going to do anything very different except fixing the programming. It's a fail-safe situation," continued Purdon.

Four barges willed with fireworks ready to go will be pulled out by a tug boat to four different locations:

- Shelter Island
- Middle of Harbor Island
- The Midway
- Seaport village

The show starts at 9 p.m. Thursday.

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