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New Year’s jam: Strawberry busted in test drop

on December 28, 2013 10:34 AM

HARRISBURG (AP) — An 80-pound illuminated strawberry that’s lowered every New Year’s Eve in downtown Harrisburg has ended up in a messy jam.

The berry fell three stories and smashed during a practice run at the Hilton Harrisburg on Friday. Officials say a faulty harness clip is to blame.

The Hilton is working to build a new strawberry for revelers to ring in 2014 on Tuesday night.

The strawberry drop started in 1989. The berry that broke Friday had been used for around 10 years.

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