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Stratosphere new ride works as designed - stops due to high wind

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  • Stratosphere new ride works as designed - stops due to high wind

    While I have heard news reports about the incident yesterday, they are WAY over blown...

    http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/st...042010078.html


    A casino executive blamed high winds for a thrill ride shutdown that stranded two girls high above the Las Vegas Strip early Wednesday morning.

    The ride extends a curved arm from a tower platform and spins up to 10 passengers around on seats suspended at the end of mechanical fingers.

    Gabriella Ceniceros, 11, and Erica McKinnon, 19, of Las Vegas, were the only passengers on the ride when it stopped about 12:45 a.m. They remained suspended about 900 feet above Las Vegas Boulevard until workers pulled the arm back to the platform about 2 a.m. and rescued them.

    The two girls were unharmed.

    Hotel officials said the ride is designed to go into "pause mode" when high winds are registered.

    "The Insanity ride operated exactly as designed," Bobby Ray Harris, Stratosphere hotel-casino general manager, said in a statement.

    Wind gusts were clocked as high as 55 mph late Tuesday atop the Stratosphere tower, which stands more than 1,100 feet tall and resembles the Space Needle in Seattle.

    Harris said the ride, which opened March 10, passed inspections and resumed operation Wednesday morning.

    The Stratosphere is the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River.
    My question.. what was an 11 year old girl doing riding it at almost 1 AM in the morning!
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    It's Vegas...The place where no one sleeps!!!

    She probably figured that since she couldn't get into the casino's, she'll party on the rooftop. (her parents were probably in the casino's though)

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    • #3
      You may think it is overblown but then, you are not the one that is hanging 900 feet above the ground for an hour.
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      • #4
        It was overblown...that's why it stopped, the wind was over-blowing

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        • #5
          OMG that would be soooo scary!!!

          Darkbeer that was my first thought too! My oldest is 10 and a half and there's no way you catching wandering around Vegast at almost 1am! My God!



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          • #6
            Tell me about it! Nor would I allow my underage kids to ride something like that unattended.
            Anything listed on the park maps as an attraction is fair game for inclusion in the Rally.
            I cannot confirm nor deny the inclusion of any attraction in the Rally.



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            • #7
              Whatever happens in Vegas.......
              >>Alan<<
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              • #8
                That's what i call "magic fingers"...
                "As usual he's taken over the coolest spot in the house"- Father re: Orville 1963

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mamabot
                  Tell me about it! Nor would I allow my underage kids to ride something like that unattended.
                  There was a 19 year old with her. Perhaps she was attending the 11 year old.

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                  • #10
                    Have you seen the ride?

                    Here is the link to the official web site for it....

                    http://www.insanityride.com/
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