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69th-Story Outdoor Glass Slide Could Have Been Even Scarier

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Don't worry, this thing was built to handle an 8.0 earthquake

When people saw that there would be a slide hanging off the side of the US Bank Tower's new observation deck, 1,000 feet in the air, the first question (and probably the second question) that came to mind was "Why?" KPCC spoke to John Gamboa of the firm OUE Limited, which owns the building, to try and get an answer, and, it turns out, the idea came up simply enough.

"It started off with, 'How can we move people from the 70th floor down to the 69th floor?'" Gamboa said. As KPCC notes, "Stairs are usually the default answer," but Gamboa says OUE wanted something a little more thrilling. They even considered a zipline—possibly the only thing more terrifying than this glass slide—or "an exterior lift" on the side of the building.

The slide is also super safe, he says, and was designed to "withstand winds up to 110 mph and an 8.0 magnitude earthquake." Special mats will be provided for all sliders (ages five and up only) traveling through this glass tube 1,000 feet above the ground.

The observation deck and slide are expected to open in June.

US Bank Tower

633 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071