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The Washington Monument Is Still Closed Due to Lightning

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The Washington Monument remains closed on Wednesday as the National Park Service works to repair damage from a lightning strike on Sunday night. The lightning knocked out the monument’s key-card entry system as well as the electronic system that allows people to call and send elevators.

NPS is still waiting for delivery of parts it needs to fix the systems, says spokesperson Mike Litterst. As a result, it can’t yet provide a reopening date.

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute, TBD.com, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.