There is a chance you are one of the three people in the world who hasn\u2019t seen the video of the world\u2019s shortest major fireworks display. If you are, watch the following video. I\u2019ll wait. After all it only takes 15 seconds to watch all of the $400,000 worth of fireworks go off. Actually I think I\u2019ll watch it again, too. \n\tNow if you were Garden State Fireworks, the company hired to run the synchronized explosions over San Diego Bay, would you want to admit you were incompetent? Of course not.\n\t\n\t\t\u201cWe did last year\u2019s show, and this one was to be even bigger,\u201d August Santore Jr., co-owner of Garden State, told the San Diego Union Tribune. \u201cWe did this show in 15 locations around the country last night, and this was the first time this has happened. No one is more saddened than we are.\u201d\n\n\tSo what do you do? Blame the computers, of course!\n\tThe nation\u2019s fireworks industry is watching the fallout from the San Diego show as Santore tries to isolate what he said appears to be a virus in the code that synchronizes the firing of shells.\n\tBlaming computers is usually a 100 percent ironclad alibi for everything from crashing a car to voting for Ralph Nader, but in this case, as they say in Texas, \u201cThat dog won\u2019t hunt.\u201d\n\t\n\t\t\u201cEverything was in sync,\u201d Santore said. \u201cThe computer coordinates in milliseconds. A signal was sent to the barges and had a corrupted file that said, \u2018We\u2019re going to fire everything.\u2019\u201d\n\n\tSure as hell sounds more like a bug or a configuration error, doesn\u2019t it? It also seems a mite odd that San Diego was the only one of the 15 shows Garden State performed on the 4th that was hit by this virus. Also, that would have to be a very specifically designed virus. It didn\u2019t shut down the system, afterall.\n\tIf you don\u2019t buy this reasoning, I also have the testimony of an IT industry expert Ace Big Brother IT Security Hack who happens to live in San Diego. (I asked him if he missed the show because he sneezed, but he said no he was in a small town that paid a whole lot less for a fireworks show that was a whole lot more successful.) He gave me a technical explanation the next day that can best be summed like this: "They screwed up during testing."\n\tThat sounds more reasonable to me.