ETH – The Washington Monument was just struck by lightning and has been closed Monday for repairs, according to the National Mall National Park Service (NPS).
The Daily Caller is reporting that the monument was struck by lightning during storms Sunday morning, which caused damage to the electronic access system, the National Mall NPS tweeted. “The technicians are on-site as I write this; we should know more when they’re finished,” Mike Litterst, chief of communications for the National Mall and Memorial Parks.
— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) August 16, 2021
Following a 2011 earthquake that struck Washington, the monument suffered damages, which a billionaire philanthropist donated $7.5 million in 2016 to fix. The monument reopened on Sept. 19 2019 following a 37-month, $10.7 million renovation.
The Washington Monument shut down in March of 2020 due to the pandemic and reopened for a short time in October, but closed again in January, The Washington Post reported. It recently reopened again in July.