New Year’s jam: Giant berry busted in test drop

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. – 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 Friday at the Hilton Harrisburg. Officials said a faulty harness clip is to blame.

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

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

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