Man in coma after champagne bottle exploded between his legs

A man remains in a coma Tuesday after a champagne bottle exploded between his legs on New Year’s Eve.

The unidentified Danish man is currently in critical condition at a Copenhagen hospital, according to The Local Denmark.

When the bottle exploded a shard of glass cut through an artery in the man’s leg, causing substantial blood loss.

Upon arrival at Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet, the man was put into an induced coma.

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Miami gears up for New Year’s Eve celebrations

The city of Miami is preparing to ring in 2018 with the plenty of fireworks, a free concert and even more security. 

Hometown rapper Pit Bull will perform a free concert starting at 11:30 p.m. at  Bayfront Park, in the 300 block of North Biscaye Boulevard. At midnight, organizers will the raise the “Big Orange Ball” at the Intercontinental Hotel and set off fireworks to ring in the New Year.

“The staffing for this year’s event is at a historically high level of security. We have more police officers working than we’ve ever had here for this event.” said Ronald Papier, deputy chief for the Miami Police Department.

Papier said uniform and plainclothes officers will patrol the event along with marine and helicopter units.

“The unique challenges is that it’s open and it’s free to the public. There’s no fencing, there’s no bag checks, so it’s pretty much open and accessible to everybody to come in,” Papier said. “There’s no security screening.”

Like other city’s across the country, Miami has increased security for New Year’s Eve events after several recent high-profile terrorist attacks and mass shootings. More than 50 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a concert in Las Vegas in October.

A recent uptick in gun violence in the Miami area was also a factor in the security arrangements, Mayor Miami Francis Suarez said.

However, Suarez said he wants the New Year’s celebrations to be a showcase for the city.

“We for a few moment also grasp the attention of the world and so by raising the orange, we are hope to raise people’s hopes and dreams and prayers for a brand new year,” Suarez said.

Organizers have asked concertgoers not to bring fireworks or coolers.

Unlike previous years, the Miami event with Pit Bull will not be on national television. The Fox network decided to move its New Year’s party to New York this year with TV personality Steve Harvey taking over the hosting duties from Pit Bull.

Although no road closures are planned, city official warn that the New Year’s Eve celebrations will cause traffic delays in the downtown area. Papier and other city officials encourage revelers to use public transportation or carpool to the event.

Miami public transportation will remain on a regular Sunday schedule for the holiday. But Metrorail plans to increase service after 8 p.m. Metrorail will have trains every 15 minutes between the Dadeland South and Earlington Heights stations, and every 30 minutes between the Palmetto and Earlington Heights stations. Metrorail will also extend service until 2 a.m. Monday.

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Preparations underway for Fort Lauderdale New Year’s event

Last year’s celebration in downtown Fort Lauderdale for New Year’s Eve was a big success.

“It was good and we were with family,” said Rich, who attended last year. “We had fun. It was enjoyable, wasn’t rowdy, wasn’t crazy.”

This year, organizers are hoping for an even better night for the Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve Celebration.

Starting at 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, families will get the chance to check out live entertainment and inflatables.

Then, later in the evening, the party will move to the main stage for the official countdown, as the anchor drops to bring in 2018.

For safety, police have already shut down Southwest Second Street from Fifth Avenue to Fourth Avenue, and Southwest Fourth Avenue from Second Street to the New River.

On Sunday, there will be even more closures, making downtown a place you’ll want to avoid, as to not get stuck in traffic.

Saturdays are a big night out in Fort Lauderdale, but Local 10 News saw more police out Saturday night than normal, making sure everyone enjoys their new year’s celebrations safely.

Related: South Florida to see stepped up security for New Year’s celebrations

Road closure info:

Beginning at 7 a.m. Sunday, the following additional traffic restrictions will be in place:

  • SW 2nd Street will be closed from SW 7th Avenue east to SW 1st Avenue.
  • SW 2nd Street from SW 7th Avenue to SW 5th Avenue will be restricted to Broward Center for the Performing Arts employees, and Taxi, Uber and Lyft pick up/drop off only.
  • SW 2nd Avenue will be closed south of Broward Boulevard.
  • Access to SW 3rd and SW 4th Avenues south of Broward Boulevard will be restricted to residents who live in the area and employees of businesses on those streets.
  • SW 5th Avenue will be closed south of the parking garage entrance.

Officials said roads will reopen at 6 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1.

Taxi Cabs, Uber, Lyft:

There will be two designated pick up/drop off areas for Taxi cabs, Uber and Lyft vehicles:

  • The driveway at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Commodore Brook Avenue south of SW 2nd Street;
  • SW 1 Avenue south of Broward Boulevard.

Any other locations used for pick up/drop off will be strictly prohibited and citations will be issued. Officials said the designated areas are for Broward County permitted Taxi cabs, Uber and Lyft vehicles only. All other transportation services are prohibited.

Anyone who is a first-time user of Uber or Lyft and is planning to go to Downtown Countdown can use the code “VISIONZEROFTL” to get $20 off your first ride with Uber or $5 off your first four rides with Lyft. People are being reminded to drive responsibly this New Year’s Eve.

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Big Orange gets installed for 32nd year on InterContinental Miami

For the 32nd consecutive year, Steve Carpenter, also known as Mr. Neon, installed the Big Orange Thursday on the InterContinental Miami hotel.

Carpenter designed and built the 35-foot wide Big Orange to ascend up the 400-foot wall of the hotel to ring in the new year.

It will begin its ascent at 6 p.m. Sunday and will reach the top of the wall at the stroke of midnight to ring in 2018.

“It’s not New Years until I say it’s New Years,” Carpenter joked. “I got the Big Orange to prove it.” 

In 2013, the Big Orange was renamed La Gran Naranja to mark the 500th anniversary of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida. 

De Leon was the first person to introduce oranges to Florida in 1513 when he made a return trip to the state, also bringing cattle and settlers with him.

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