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Tight-Rope Walker Gets Approval to Cross Niagara Falls

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Don’t try this at home, or at the Falls either! Leave it to the professionals!

Wednesday, New York lawmakers gave the final approval to the death-defying daredevil Nik Wallenda to cross Niagara Falls by just a small tightrope.

It is stated in state law that stunts such as theses that go between Western New York and Canada are banned. Supporters of the measure say it would boost tourism in the depressed area and cited Wallenda’s considerable experience to sooth concerns about safety.

“Tourism in Niagara Falls has declined on the American side, as the Falls was separated from its daredevil history,” the bill’s sponsors wrote in a memo.

“Mr. Wallenda is uniquely qualified for this feat, as he is the holder of two world records for high wire performance,” they added.

According to nikwallenda.com, he set world records in 2008 in Newark, New Jersey, for both the longest distance and greatest height ever traveled by bicycle on a high wire.

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