Continental Chicago

now in its one-hundred-and-eightieth year

Contraband

Location, Location (Chicago fireworks). © 2012 Susan Barsy

Can’t let the month go by without sharing these few photographs, taken at a friend’s place on the Fourth of July.  He lives on the west side, near the police academy, where, from his west-facing balcony, the city’s least-talked-about fireworks show is plain to see.

Dynamo (Chicago fireworks). © 2012 Susan Barsy.

All along the horizon, from south to north, thousands of illegal fireworks go off—a patriotic display courtesy of all the hoarders and pyros out there, who spend the year dreaming of this moment, probably.

Dashes & dots (Chicago fireworks). © 2012 Susan Barsy.

I hadn’t planned to take any pictures, but the moment proved just too irresistible.  I like the way the streetlights interacted with the fireworks, giving the pictures a kind of trippy excitement that’s part of Independence Day, anyway.

Phoenix (Chicago fireworks). © 2012 Susan Barsy.

Reverence (Chicago fireworks). © 2012 Susan Barsy.

I made a movie, which is really cool too, but I’m still figuring out how to edit it.

Fusion (Chicago fireworks). © 2012 Susan Barsy.

Do you have a fireworks picture you’d like to share?  Or a fireworks story, perhaps?

All images by Susan Barsy.

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2 comments on “Contraband

  1. Sam Dune
    July 29, 2012

    I very much like a nice Fourth of July fireworks display, too! I can relate to the build-up and excitement of lighting illegal fireworks—as a teenager and young adult, I used to do the same thing, to my enjoyment and my friends’ enjoyment, too. Nice “happy” post——thanks for sharing it.

    • Susan Barsy
      July 29, 2012

      Sam–I think we’ve all known our share of the “pyros” I alluded to. They are the ones we have to thank for every impromptu, private fireworks show. I have memories of standing outside in all weathers to see holiday-related fireworks displays–Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, you name it. It didn’t have to be the Fourth to be a perfect day for setting off all the items in a cherished stockpile. It’s a funny human impulse, and ancient. Susan

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