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DCC New Year 2017 Fireworks Event : Severe eye injury

█ WorkSafe NZ notified of the incident by the Boss family.

Dunedin man Wayne Boss’ eye was seriously injured during the fireworks display in the Octagon during New Year celebrations.

### ODT Online Mon, 2 Jan 2017
Fireworks end in anguish
A Dunedin family’s New Year celebrations in the Octagon took a gruesome turn when debris from a fireworks display left a man with blood gushing from his eye. Wayne Boss faces an excruciating wait to find out whether he will  be able to see with his right eye again.

News of the incident prompted Dunedin woman Vicky Watson to come forward with a chillingly similar story.

Ms Watson said the same thing happened to her three years ago when she was celebrating and gazing up at the fireworks, standing in the same spot where the Boss family had been. […] “The next day, I rang the council and they just brushed me off. They said it would never happen again, it’s just a freak accident,” she said. “I never got an apology letter. I was so disgusted.”
Now she wanted answers.
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● Wayne Boss is an environmental health and safety specialist, working for Dunedin City Council.

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Wayne Boss’s pupil is in three parts after the incident at the city council-run fireworks display.

### TVNZ 1 News Sun, 1 Jan 2017 at 5:31 p.m.
‘I’m just worried that I won’t see’ – Dunedin man hit in eye by fireworks debris [Video]
By Sean Hogan
A Dunedin man is facing the prospect of blindness in one eye after being struck by debris at the city’s public fireworks display. Wayne Boss was watching the city council-run fireworks display when the rogue piece of debris hit his right eye, throwing him to the ground. “I’m looking up at the Dunedin council Octagon building where the fireworks are being set off and it’s black obviously. And just for a split second I saw an object which I thought was a spent rocket. But we are talking milliseconds because then I get a blow to my right eye which was so hard it just floored me.”
….Wayne has spoken to WorkSafe about the incident and he and his family want answers as to what went wrong. “You go to events like that because they are meant to be safe. It’s a public event and people go there so they can experience fireworks in a safe environment where they don’t have to deal with them themselves. And if you can’t enforce a safe display it shouldn’t really be going on,” Ben Boss [son] told 1 NEWS.
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“spendidly” —Unfortunate choice of words.

### ODT Online Sun, 1 Jan 2017
Dunedin welcomes New Year with a bang
By Rob Kidd
….Dunedin City Council community events co-ordinator Marilyn Anderson said the night went “splendidly” even with the rain. […] Ms Anderson said partygoers were a little slow getting into town but she reckoned there were about 18,000 there when the big hand hit 12. The thunderous boom of the Robbie Burns cannon marked the end of 2016 followed by a five-minute explosion of fireworks atop the Civic Centre which painted the sky above Dunedin’s eight-sided heart with the fluorescent hope of a new year.
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2017 New Year firework displays

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Sports, Fun And Latest Published on Dec 31, 2016
Auckland, New Zealand – New Year’s Eve 2017 Fireworks and Celebrations From Around The World

ABC TV Published on Dec 31, 2016
Sydney New Year’s Eve 2016 – Midnight Fireworks

Chineseisable Published on Dec 31, 2016
2017 Hong Kong New Year Countdown Fireworks
Happy New Year 2017 !!!

BBC Published on Dec 31, 2016
London Fireworks 2016/ 17 – New Year’s Eve Fireworks – BBC One

Build-up to New York 2016/2017 ball drop [history]:

CBS This Morning Published on Dec 31, 2016
How did the Times Square ball drop become a NYE tradition?
The New Year’s Eve ball drop takes exactly 60 seconds and has become the universal symbol of welcoming in the New Year. Reena Ninan reports on how this iconic yet arbitrary tradition began.

Business Insider Published on Dec 30, 2016
Why we drop a ball on New Year’s Eve
The dropping of the New Year’s Eve ball in Times Square has been a tradition for over 100 years. We spoke with the agent for the ball itself, Jeffrey Straus, and climbed to the top of One Times Square to find out why millions join together on December 31st to watch a lighted ball drop down a pole.

LamRyan1 Published on Dec 31, 2016
Times Square New Year Ball Drop 2017!!
This was the ball drop as featured on the Live Stream together with Imagine by Rachel Platten. The song sung before that was Better Place composed by her. Also Includes an Aerial View of Central Park’s Fireworks! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

[Xmas Eve at the Burj]
Aftab Computers & Photo Studio Kanju Swat Published on Dec 24, 2016
dubai Burj Khalifa live LED Show 2017
Burj Khalifa Tower stands at an amazing 2,722 feet.

رياضه للجميع Published on Dec 30, 2016
New Year’s Eve celebration in Dubai 2017
2017 youcef zarouta
The theme is celebrating national pride, serving as symbolic bridge between the present and future. The highlight of this year’s NYE fireworks is that the sequence will recreate the design of the logo of Expo 2020. This logo was inspired by the 4,000-year-old ring discovered by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, at the Sarouq Al Hadeed site. The music for the fireworks is inspired by Middle Eastern melodies, with a series of compelling crescendos that match the scale of the fireworks.

Fireworks by Grucci.
Grucci is a sixth-generation, family-owned and operated company. Known as “America’s First Family of Fireworks,” the Gruccis have transformed the night skies to the delight of millions across the globe since 1850. They are world-renowned for pyrotechnic artistry, scientific innovation and old-fashioned values. Phil Grucci currently serves as President/CEO of Fireworks by Grucci, Inc. and Pyrotechnique by Grucci, Inc., the manufacturing entity of the Grucci group of companies. 
 
Southern Italy is the Grucci ancestral home. Angelo Lanzetta, founder and great-grandfather to Felix Grucci, Sr., started it all in 1850. In 1870, he brought the family’s pyrotechnic artistry to Elmont, Long Island, New York, entering America as an immigrant through Ellis Island. After Angelo’s death in 1899, his son, Anthony carried on the family business and in 1923 brought his nephew, Felix Grucci, Sr., to serve as an apprentice. Competition was strong, but the firework market weak. Early in the Depression, they moved their business to Miami, Florida in hope of greener pastures. But, homesick, and at the urging of the family, they returned to Bellport, New York in 1929 to continue their business. More at http://www.grucci.com/home.html?pgid=1

Jul 6, 2016
Forbes’ Timothy Pierson interviews Phil Grucci at http://www.forbes.com/video/5018079688001/ (3:55)

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