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

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