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Glass slide opens 300 metres above the street






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A scary slide has opened in Los Angeles. Slides are usually in children's parks, but the scary Skyslide is on the outside of a 70-story building. It is made of glass just 3 cm thick. People who go on it look down at the street 300 metres below. It is part of a tower in downtown L.A. It cost $3.5 million to build. The slide starts at the 70th floor and goes down 15 metres to the 69th floor. It takes about five seconds to get from top to bottom. Riders sit on a special safety mat and push themselves out of a window. Only one person can go on the slide at one time.

The company that owns the building said it had many meetings about what attraction to make. It wanted something special. The president said: "We have to do something that doesn't exist anywhere else." The slide is safe enough to support a school bus filled with people. A reporter spoke about the slide. He said: "Before you can get a really proper scream going, you're launched out onto a safety mat on an outdoor deck on the 69th floor." Tickets to get into the Skyspace area on the 70th floor are $25 for adults and $19 for children. A ride on the Skyslide costs an additional $8.

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