Fireworks bigger than a sparkler might be illegal in Illinois, but the amateur showing you get from a rooftop deck in Chicago on Independence Day is nothing short of spectacular. I'm no photography expert but I thought I'd share a few photos I thought turned out really well.

I used a 10 second exposure time on both of them, and the camera is a Canon SX210 IS for those of you that haven't dug into the EXIF information yet. Enjoy! Full resolution available if you click through.