The 2011 Macy's fireworks show tonight features more than 40,000 shells exploding at a rate of 1,500 per minute with some fireworks soaring to heights of 1,000 feet above the Hudson River. Our photographers were there and captured these shots from the river's edge in Weekawken..

Our photographer reports that some folks in Weehawken were not the most hospitable New Jerseyians he had ever met. Most of shoreline was closed-off and very limited space was available to watch the fireworks near the Port Imperial Ferry terminal. It seems that developers along the west side of the Hudson have rather dubiously claimed the shoreline for themselves and were barring access with an army of private security guards and a personal visit from the mayor of Weehawken.

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The sun sets on a barge full of fireworks in the Hudson River



Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA and Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, VA earned the titles of Men’s and Women’s Hot Dog Eating World Champions today at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, held annually at the original Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island.

Our photographer was there to capture all the action as Chestnut downed 62 hot dogs in ten minutes and Thomas consumed 40 dogs and buns to claim the first-ever women's title.

Women's Division Champion Sonya Thomas

Women's Division Champion Sonya Thomas

Runner-up Patrick Bertoletti

Men's Winner Joey Chestnut Downs Another Dog
The contest has been held every year since 1916. This year's event was the first  time male and female eaters competed separately for the titles. The contests offered a total of $40,000 in cash prizes and was covered live by ESPN. Could eating be the next competitive sport in the United States? You mean it isn't already?

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