Gone in 30 Seconds: Remembering San Diego’s epic fireworks failure.

Back in 2012, San Diego had four barges worth of fireworks lined up and ready to celebrate Independence Day with an epic computer-timed display to last 18 minutes.

Instead, it went only 30 seconds.

A glitch and a well-placed camera captured one of the biggest fireworks debacles known to the Internet, which you can relive below (and before you ask, no — there were no major injuries reported from this).  In fact — if you are curious to read more about how this celebration went up in smoke (LITERALLY), you can flip through this oral history compiled by Thrillist.

Here’s hoping you end the Fourth of July with the same amount of fingers/toes that you started with.  — [eric]