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Washington Monument has been closed to the public after a lightning strike damaged electronic systems

Washington Monument has been closed to the public after a lightning strike damaged electronic systems

Aug. 17 2021 The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., was struck by lightning in the early hours of the 15th local time, causing damage to the electronic system and suspending its opening to visitors from the 16th.

Georgetown Law School student Travis Nix captured the dramatic moment in the early hours of The Morning, uploading the video to social media with the text: A lightning strike hit the top of the Washington Monument, WHO News reported.

The U.S. National Park Service said on Twitter that the monument would be closed to repair damage caused by lightning strikes to the Washington Monument’s electronic system. Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the agency, said in an interview: “We’ve been open since mid-May and everything is going well until then.” But between 12:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. on the 15th, the monument was struck by a huge lightning bolt. ”

“The Washington Monument is the city’s tallest landmark, and while it has been frequently struck by lightning before, this time it has had an impact on its electronic systems, which generally allow us to enter the monument and operate elevators,” Littlest said. The monument itself does not have sensors to track lightning strikes, there will generally be netizens to catch lightning strikes instant, we can only rely on social media to track. ”

Local time from 14 to 15, the spread of thunderstorms to the region brought a lot of rain and flood disaster. Stronger storms are expected to sweep across the region on the 16th.

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