Washington Monument Reopens After Elevator Broke Down With 19 People Inside

The monument will reopen at 9 a.m.

The Washington Monument reopened Wednesday morning, one day after the elevator stopped with 19 people inside.

The monument was set to reopen at 9 a.m., National Park Service (NPS) spokesman Mike Litterst said. 

Litterst said the elevator repair technicians have completed their inspection and said the elevator was safe to resume operations. 

The NPS is still waiting to learn what caused the elevator to stop with 19 people inside Tuesday afternoon. The visitors left the elevator and made their way down about 280 feet using the stairs, at least 20 stories.

An additional 23 people were on the monument's observation deck when the elevator stopped. Everyone made it out of the monument safely.

The monument has been closed at least eight times since May 2015 because of elevator problems. During one elevator outage in May, more than 40 people, including two pregnant women, were trapped at the top.

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