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The Washington Monument Could Actually Reopen Soon

The parts needed to fix lightning damage have finally arrived.

Photograph by Olga Kaya, via iStock.

The Washington Monument has been closed since lightning descended like Thor’s hammer early on Sunday, August 15, and knocked out its key-card entry and elevator call systems. Since then, the National Park Service has waited for replacement parts to arrive to fix the damage, a wait that has stretched into this week.

The parts have finally arrived and installation will begin Thursday morning, says NPS spokesperson Mike Litterst. What does that mean for the monument’s reopening? They’ll know more by Thursday afternoon, he promises.

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, 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.