POMONA >> The numbers must still be crunched, but the unofficial length of a Pomona businessman’s giant cigar — a world record attempt — are now available.
The unofficial number is 332 feet, said Carlos Urena, a licensed surveyor with PBLA Surveying Services.
Urena, a Pomona resident, and two other surveyors arrived at Fairplex’s Building 7 Friday afternoon and used a device equipped with electronic distance measuring system to measure the cigar. The team measured the cigar end-to-end and then measured in more than 30 sections.
“Raul, you got a shot at the record. Congratulations,” Urena said and shook the hand of Raul Reyner, the man who spent four days rolling the gigantic cigar with which he intends to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cigar.
A moment after the congratulatory handshake, Raul Reyner carefully placed a band with the name and logo of the Pomona-based Mi Havana Cigar House at what on Friday was the northern end of the giant tobacco cylinder.
Maritza Reyner, who with her husband Raul own and operate the cigar shop located in downtown Pomona’s Antique Row, said they would take a brief moment to celebrate the feat Friday evening during a regularly scheduled gathering at the shop.
But as joyful as getting the measurement taken was, there was no time for celebrating, Raul Reyner said.
“The work is not done,” he said. “I have to cut it up tonight.”
With the measurements taken, Raul Reyner determined he would cut the cigar into 8-inch pieces. He will add another tobacco leaf wrapper around each section and once done he will add the shop’s signature band….
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