Week of July 1 to 7, 2012 - DeKalb Daily Chronicle Photos

Photo Illustration by Kyle Bursaw – kbursaw@shawmedia.com

Local law enforcement officials said this year's holiday poses increased risk because of the extreme heat and dry conditions. Last year in Illinois fireworks caused nearly 200 injuries; 68 of those cases involved children younger than 16.

Taken at the Daily Chronicle studio on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.