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The first passenger cabin is rotated to the top of the Las Vegas High Roller, officially making it the world’s tallest observation wheel at 550 feet. (Photos By Denise Truscello)

The first passenger cabin is rotated to the top of the Las Vegas High Roller, officially making it the world’s tallest observation wheel at 550 feet. (Photos By Denise Truscello)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A giant Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip has reached its world-record height after crews attached the first cabin to the rim.

The Las Vegas High Roller measures 550 feet tall when the spherical glass pod that was attached Wednesday rotates to the top. The ride is located in Caesars Entertainment’s new, $550 million Linq development.

Crews took special care in moving the 22-ton cabin from its assembly warehouse to the construction site 10 miles away. Troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol escorted the pod on its slow, three-hour journey.

Caesars officials say they’ll be attaching 27 more cabins to the wheel’s rim over the next two months.

Each can hold 40 passengers.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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