New Stratosphere Ride Opens Today

New Stratosphere Ride Opens Today

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Ed Yeates ReportingJust in time for Halloween, some people in Las Vegas got the "scare" of their lives today as they were dumped over the edge of a tower almost a thousand feet straight up.

Imagine walking out on a plank, then having that plank suddenly drop like a hinge. You slide to the edge and hold on for dear life. That's what happened today to folks in Las Vegas.

These brave souls dropped over the edge of the Stratosphere on a high-tech teeter totter at the 900 foot level of the 1,149 foot tower. They were the first to try one of the most terrifying thrill rides yet, built by a Utah company.

Val Potter, Interactive Rides, Logan: "You'll pick up speed, about 30 miles per hour going over the edge, and the sensation will be you're not going to stop and that you will keep going and go right over the edge and drop nearly a thousand feet to the bottom, and with a nice view of the strip on the way down."

Interactive Rides, based out of Logan, says building the X-Scream, as it's called, was quite a challenge. Earlier this month a helicopter lifted 18 tons of steel and rail to the top of the Stratosphere anchoring firmly, not just to the edge, but the very core of the tower that supports everything.

Val Potter, Interactive Rides, Logan: "It's extremely safe, but yet it's thrilling. It's defying death if you will - giving them the opportunity to fly over the top of the stratosphere tower and live to tell about it."

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