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Tire Discounters attempts to break a world record
COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Joe Webb) -- Tire discounters celebrated the re-opening of its first store with a bold move Thursday.
The company set out to break the world record for tallest stack of tires. Yes, there is a record for that. The grand re-opening of Tire Discounter's original 1976 store in Columbia Township showed off all the bells and whistles of a new business. But the real attraction was out back.
There a small army of workers attempted to break the world record of tallest stack of tires. It's actually a lot harder that you think. They want to teeter over and wobble. It's going to be a challenge.
The current record is only 19.77 feet or 19 feet 9 and a quarter inches. But stacking tires that high isn't easy. Using a level, fork lift and bucket truck, workers meticulously added one tire at a time. It took them about 30 minutes to get 24 tires stacked and balanced.
To appease the Guinness Book of Records people, a surveyor was hired to do the official measuring. The tension was mounting. The surveyor was in position.
Steve Leesman of Leesman Engineering was at the end of the official tape. It was bad news for the Germans who've held the record since 2009.
"It was 19 feet. 19.95 feet tall which is a world record!" Leesman said.
By two and a quarter inches. Workers had been practicing for days, trying different configurations of tire sizes and stiffness.
Thursday's stack didn't stand for long. Maybe the record won't either. But here they are tirelessly committed to stacking up with the best.
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