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The Washington Monument Will Finally Reopen on Sunday

Lightning damage closed it for two weeks.

Photograph by Rene Olivas, via iStock.

The Washington Monument will reopen on Sunday. That’s two weeks after an early morning direct hit by lightning walloped the obelisk and fricasseed its key-card entry system and the call buttons for its perennially unlucky elevators.

The National Park Service spent much of the intervening time waiting for parts to fix the damage; they finally arrived on Wednesday. Tickets will be available at 10 AM on Saturday, NPS spokesperson Mike Litterst tells Washingtonian.

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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.