Washington Monument lights back on after being on the blink

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Monument's lights are back on after going out for the second time in a week.

National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst said in an email that power went out at the marble and granite obelisk about 5:30 p.m. Monday. He says power was restored after 7 p.m.

Unlike last week's outage, Monday's outage included the red aviation warning lights on top of the 555-foot-tall structure.

Litterst says electricians traced the outage to a ground fault. Further investigation will continue Tuesday.

The lights went out on the monument about 7 p.m. Jan. 3; officials said the lights were on when electricians arrived the next morning. The outage was blamed on the monument's automated lighting system being out of sync.

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Washington Monument’s lights out for second time in a week

The lights went out at the Washington Monument for the second time in a week Monday, officials said.

At around 6 p.m., the National Park Service tweeted that the monument lost power, causing the lights to go out. Staff was on site, trying to identify and repair the issue, the tweet said.

This is the second time in a week the Monument has lost power. Power also went out on Jan. 3.

Unlike the last outage, the Monument’s red aviation warning lights went out as well, a National Park Service spokesman said, and the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified.

Even with power, the Monument is not quite in fighting shape — after it sustained damage in Washington’s 2011 earthquake, its elevator is also closed indefinitely.


Washington Monument's Lights Are on the Blink Again

The Washington Monument's lights have gone out for the second time in a week.

National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst said in an email that power went out at the marble and granite obelisk about 5:30 p.m. Monday. He says unlike last week's outage, Monday's outage includes the red aviation warning lights on top of the 555-foot-tall structure.

Litterst says the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the warning lights' outage.

The agency says staff is trying to diagnose the issue and make repairs. PEPCO, Washington's electric utility, has been notified.

The lights went out on the monument about 7 p.m. Jan. 3; officials said the lights were on when electricians arrived the next morning. The outage was blamed on the monument's automated lighting system being out of sync.

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