Originally Posted by David Lindon
here you go - the lowdown from mike mccool -
Kool responses, at that site.
And yes, it was definitely a mistake. But, except for a handfull of
pyro-pro's in the crowd, none of the over 1000 private guests had a clue
that the display didn't go off exactly as planned.
Interesting side note: this was to be a two-camera shot. One camera--the
one that actually caught the event--was trained on what's called a "cake
show." (Fireworks that come in huge "cakes," and are a sort of show in
themselves--at a lower altitude). They were going off in the background, a
hundred yards farther down the meadow from the "big stuff."
That's why you don't see the sky burst; the second camera was trained on the
sky--but it hadn't even been turned on yet.
You may imagine, the sky burned brighter than daytime for nearly half a
minute. It was nutz.