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Man in coma after Champagne bottle explodes between his legs

Champagne bottles must be opened with care, as they can contain pressure as high as 90 pounds per square inch – more than the pressure found inside a typical car tire.

This unfortunate incident took place at the beginning of the year during the New Year celebrations. A Danish man was left in a coma after the bottle exploded between his legs as he tried to open it.

He was injured on New Year’s Eve when a bottle exploded between his legs and a shattered shard of glass cut through an artery in his leg, causing him significant loss of blood, as reported by The Local.

While Champagne-related injuries are rare, they are most commonly caused by dislodging of a cork at high speed rather than shattered glass.

Famous examples include in 2015 when tennis player Novak Djokovic hit himself in the face with a cork after winning the Italian open, and in 2014 when an Italian council official caused €1,000 of damage after a cork shot through an 18th-century Italian oil painting.

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