******This fanfic is based on National Geographic’s Seconds from Disaster TV show and contains facts mixed with speculation******
"The Grand Galloping Gala, a festive party where guests from all across Equestria come to meet and have fun. Suddenly, the party's festivities are ruined and six ponies are running amok. What caused such a festive party to go so wrong and how will they prevent future incidents? Disasters don't just happen. They're triggered by a chain of critical events. Unlock the mysteries in those final Seconds from Disaster. Equestria --------> Ponyville ----------> The Grand Galloping Gala
"The Grand Galloping Gala takes place in Canterlot Castle, a 70 story structure housing both Princess Celestia and Princess Luna. Its long red carpet at the entrance is the highlight of any event. 5:15 PM. Guests start arriving and Twilight Sparkle accompanies Princess Celestia in greeting them. 5:45 PM. Fluttershy and the others separate in order to try the activities they had always dreamed would be there. 6:10 PM. Fluttershy hears a bird calling and heads in that direction. Pinkie Pie meanwhile tries to get the band going. 6:21 PM. Rarity finds the colt of her dreams named Prince Blueblood and tries to make a good impression by showing him around. Rainbow Dash has found her idols, The Wonderbolts talking casually but is unable to talk to any of them. 6:33 PM. Fluttershy finds it's just an elderly pony whistling. Pinkie Pie gets the music going to a song of her choosing. Rainbow Dash fakes saving one of The Wonderbolts before Rarity gets cake on her and sends Prince Blueblood flying into a statue, which in turn knocks over the pillars."
"Now by rewinding the events of that night and going deep into the investigation, we can reveal what really happened at the Grand Galloping Gala. Investigators first need to find out what initiated the disaster. The footage reveals that all six ponies played a role but it's unclear which one of them started it. *Rarity comes on screen*
"I probably was the one that started the mess as I was quickly losing desire for Prince Blueblood," explained Rarity.
"With the probable ignition point started, investigators move to Prince Blueblood. Why does he act this way around a female pony?" *Prince Blueblood comes on screen*
"It's our nature as we are from Canterlot. We generally do not think much of those in Ponyville," said Blueblood.
"Since they now know why Prince Blueblood has no courtesy towards the opposite gender, investigators move to the castle itself. Why are none of the pillars strong enough to withstand an impact from something as light as a pony? *Princess Celestia comes on screen*
"The columns were never anticipated to encounter a force as large as when Rainbow Dash collided with them. They were really only meant to be an extra means of support for the roof," stated Celestia.
"One final question remains. It is revealed that this event is always terrible but investigators need to know why they hold such an event if it always ends in failure." *Princess Luna comes on screen*
"We always hope for the best but it just never seems to turn out that way. Each year Celestia and I use the previous year's Gala to structure the current one's and try to fix the faults but I think with different types of ponies coming together, it's just not likely they'll get along as easily," replied Luna.
"We can now reveal the chain of events that left the Grand Galloping Gala Seconds from Disaster. 1 hour and 18 minutes until disaster. Guests arrive but being in different towns means they will not likely have a smooth encounter with one another. 45 minutes left. The main ponies separate and find disappointment at each end. 22 minutes to go. Prince Blueblood's nature to stay perfectly clean means he stumbles into a nearby statue. Disaster strikes. Rainbow Dash saves the statue but takes down the pillars behind her.
"After the disaster, Celestia and Luna have better laid out the events of the Gala and strengthened the stone pillars with reinforced concrete. The statue is now embedded in the wall and there are events for each of the main six to enjoy to keep them happy and avoid another mishap at the Grand Galloping Gala.