When the computer glitch, file corruption, or hack, happened instead of the shows going off in all the different areas at timed and specific intervals to produce a show many are familiar with seeing every year, the opposite happened.
In 16 seconds and visible from far back all the fireworks went off simultaneously in each and all locations causing a scene that mimicked more of an atomic bomb going off all over the city than a dazzling display of coordinated effects!
The gigantic explosions saturated the skies with more light and sparks than a Garth Brooks concert just before 9pm. News pages say nobody was hurt or killed in the debacle (whew).
The owner of the company that made the mistake was August Santore. The business is a family owned and run business. He expressed his embarrassment and hopes they will allow his company back next year but I doubt that will happen. He did offer to do next years show for free. If you ask me a nice change into a power pyrotechnics show would have been an awesome thing to witness, and the video below showing the whole thing, shows just how cool even far away viewers who couldn't make it to the individual shows was.
Mistakes happen and we can't really get mad at the company it happened to, after all, they did get a show and one they weren't expecting, and nobody got hurt. It will likely help in the sense that all companies of this nature will be very careful in the future when checking their software (at least when they figure out exactly what happened as they claim to have checked it very thoroughly before it happened).
There are apparently hundreds of thousands of vantage points/views recorded and uploaded to YouTube- one of the great things about our current times is that everyone has a cell phone or digital camera with them at all times so maybe they will find a way to stitch this together and make a movie from it!
A guy standing outside his Bait and Tackle shop witnessing the whole thing up close said it was "SUPER COOL!", and let's face it, how many times will any of us actually see something of this magnitude in our lives? It was a problem, it was embarrassing, but it was also amazing and cool, fantastical, and the epidemy of the word "BRILLIANT" as in bright and powerful.
Some witnesses said it looked like the sun was crashing towards earth!