Stratosphere Ride Strands Girls 900 Feet High

Stratosphere Ride Strands Girls 900 Feet High

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A casino thrill ride's expected to remain closed for inspection at least until tomorrow (Friday) following a shutdown that stranded two girls high above the Las Vegas Strip.

A city official calls the Stratosphere hotel-casino's closure of the "Insanity" ride voluntary.

He says the city wants letters attesting to the ride's safety from the hotel, the engineer who designed it, and an independent inspector.

The ride extends a curved arm over the edge of a tower platform and spins passengers on seats suspended at the end of mechanical fingers.

It was built by a company in Logan, Utah, and it started operation March tenth.

The two girls -- ages 11 and 19 -- were frightened but unhurt after they were left suspended about 900 feet above Las Vegas Boulevard for more than an hour early Wednesday.

Ride workers pulled the arm back to the platform and rescued them about two A-M.

Hotel officials say the ride functioned as designed.

They say it went into "pause mode" due to high winds, and nothing broke or malfunctioned.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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