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Port Issues Statement on the 2012 Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show

Contact: Marguerite Elicone (619) 686-6281 on .

As title sponsor of the Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show, the Port of San Diego is very disappointed that this year's event failed due to an apparent technical malfunction, which caused the fireworks to discharge early and all at once. According to Garden State Fireworks, Inc. co-owner August Santore, the problem may have been caused by a corrupted computer file.

Since 2001, the Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show has grown each year and successfully entertained hundreds of thousands of spectators along San Diego Bay on July 4th. The Port of San Diego has been proud to serve as a title sponsor and one of many public agencies, hotels, restaurants, marinas and other organizations who support the show.

As the event producer, H.P. Purdon & Company, Inc., contracts with Garden State Fireworks, Inc. for the fireworks and related services.

The Port contracts with H. P. Purdon & Company, Inc. to produce the event and provide promotional services and media exposure; the Port also provides in-kind services, including clean up, Harbor Police service and traffic enforcement. This year, the Port contributed $145,000 to the event.

Funds raised in excess of the costs necessary to produce the event are donated to Armed Services YMCA, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive services to military service members and their families.

About the Port:

The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California. It was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego.

The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 17 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.

The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety.