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Las Vegas’ record-breaking Ferris wheel in numbers

September 11, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas Strip is getting the world’s largest Ferris wheel, dubbed the High Roller. Workers hoisted the final 60-foot (18-meter) piece of the 55-story outer wheel into place Tuesday. Here’s a look at the gargantuan carnival ride in numbers:

— At 550 feet (168 meters), the High Roller is 9 feet (2.7 meters) taller than its closest competitor, the Singapore Flyer, and 100 feet (30.5 meters) taller than the London Eye.

— The wheel will carry 3.5 million pounds (1.59 million kilograms) of steel. That’s more than the weight of 200 Hummers.

— Each cable holding the wheel in place has a breaking force equal to 550 tons, the weight of nearly 100 elephants.

— Workers have assembled parts of the wheel over the course of two years in China, Japan, France, Sweden, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany and Colorado.

— Each of the ride’s 28 enclosed cabins will be made from four sheets of laminated glass covering 300 square feet (27.87 square meters) each.

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