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Developers in Harrisonville construct one-of-a-kind safe room they say can withstand EF-5 tornado

"The first prototype we had," Vogt said, "we took down and they handed it back to us in some pieces, which was not something you love as a designer, but what it did is it really imparted into us a reality of what we were up against in terms of forces."

Its strength was tested at the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech, where 2x4s were repeatedly shot towards the shelter using tornado-like force.

"They do this using a 20-foot air cannon that they shoot 12 and 15-foot 2x4s out with a laser sight so they can hit exactly where they want," Vogt said.

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