Washington Monument elevator breaks down days after reopening


A new elevator inside the Washington Monument briefly broke down Saturday afternoon, CBS D.C. affiliate WUSA reports. The elevator experienced issues at around 1 p.m., though no one was inside of it during the malfunction.

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Visitors were rescued a few at a time by D.C. Fire from a height of nearly 500 feet. The obelisk structure tops out at 555 feet.

No one was injured during the incident, authorities told WUSA. A spokesperson for the National Mall and Memorial Parks issued a statement confirming the outage, noting that “normal operations resumed after about an hour.”

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The Washington Monument was closed for three years for renovations to upgrade its security systems and replace its elevator. It reopened for the first time since September 2016 on Thursday.