SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Tens of thousands of people were expected to be on hand for the annual Big Bay Boom, and this year's show has a special San Diego connection.
On a day where you'll find most people at a back yard barbeque, Sam Bruggema may be the busiest guy in town. Two years after the "Big Bay Bust," his company was been brought in to change things up. What makes this show so special is Sam. He hides his emotions well.
"What's it like to be putting on this show for your home town? Pretty cool... sums it up.... pretty cool," he said.
And San Diego-raised Sam says this year will be the best yet.
"This particular show has 13,000 pounds of pyrotechnics," he said. "Little of narration at the start, thank you sponsors, then it's time to kick butt."
Pac Tug Boat Service Logistics Captain Steve Frailey is in charge of the tug boats that'll be towing out the barges loaded with fireworks to several bay locations. His company also happens to be from San Diego.
"For a small company like us, to be involved in something we know represents our community, our state, and most important our nation, is really special," he said.
Planning for this started July 5th 2013, and from the show to the sea, everything needs to be considered.
"Every year we take steps, lessons learned from the previous year, how can we make sure the water quality stays the best it can possibly be," Frailey said.
But once those fireworks start shooting, it makes all that planning, all those details worth it.
"When you're sitting on the tug and looking straight up at the fireworks when they're going off… we can't believe we get paid to do it," he said.
But until the Big Bay Boom is ready, breaks will be few and far between for this hometown boy.
Some of the video footage used in this report was shot using a GoPro camera.