My better judgment fell to the wayside last night as I let my boyfriend convince me to bend the rules and sneak past the orange tape to watch the fireworks display much, much closer than the general public was advised. Despite my reluctance, I'm glad I did - it was a powerful experience. The fireworks appeared to be deceptively close (as if we could just reach out and pluck them from the sky) and the booms rumbled, shaking the ground beneath us.
Though, I admit that I watched most of the show through my view finder. Here's one of my favorites: