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Lego Tower at Delaware School Is Tallest, Sets Guinness World Record

Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 07:04 PM

By Ken Mandel

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An 11-story Lego tower constructed by students and teachers at John Dickinson High School in Milltown, Del., soared into the Guinness World Record books, besting the previous toy skyscraper by more than 6 feet.

The tower — measuring at 112 feet and 11.75 inches — took months to build and includes more than 500,000 bricks, The News Journal reports. The previous record for height is 106 feet, set last year by a school in Prague.

The edifice towers over the school, showing off its colorful layers of pumpkin orange, electric green and light royal blue.

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"Wow. Just — wow," student Ralph Storner told The News Journal. "You know when you're talking about a world record it's going to be big. But seeing it now, it's really cool."

The project became a community effort that included the 28 schools in the Red Clay Consolidated School District.

Organizers held a brick drive to secure necessary supplies. The bricks were constructed over several months after school and during the summer. The final piece, a red schoolhouse, was fastened Monday evening by superintendent Merv Daugherty, who was raised to the top via crane.

The structure weighs nearly a ton. As per Guinness requirements, the tower is freestanding and uses no adhesives. Tension wires and a metal cylinder were utilized for safety.

The display will remain complete until Thursday, when school officials plan to break it up into smaller pieces and store it in classrooms throughout the district, The News Journal said.

"We want kids to get a message out of this," Daugherty told the Delaware newspaper. "One kid could never put this together. But when we all work together, when we're all a team, we can do something that people probably thought would be impossible."

Legos, plastic bricks popular since 1949, have long been used to build toy versions of some highly recognizable structures, including aircraft carriers, sports venues, and the London Eye.

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