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Virginia teen builds rocket-powered skateboard to pursue Guinness record

By Ben Hooper
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May 28 (UPI) -- A Virginia high schooler unveiled the rocket-powered skateboard he designed and built in his quest to break a Guinness World Record.

Marcus Targonski of Charlottesville said he and his friends have been working for several months to design and build a skateboard powered by what is essentially a miniature version of a jet plane engine.

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"We began to draft using 3D modeling software to figure out how we want to lay the board out and what we want to do," he told WCAV-TV.

Targonski said he has been able to reach speeds of 60 mph in trial runs, but he needs to be able to maintain the speed for 328 feet in two directions to qualify for the Guinness record.

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