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The elevator at the Washington Monument temporarily stopped functioning this morning 10:53 a.m. The 18 visitors in the elevator were able to disembark on the ground level. There were 61 visitors at the observation level at the time of the stoppage. All were evacuated safely. The elevator contractor was contacted and the elevator was put back into service at 12:25 p.m. The contractor is at the site trying to determine the cause of the stoppage and to resolve any issues.
"The elevator at the Washington Monument, like the elevators at our other sites, is heavily used and like any mechanical system is subject to breakdown," said Carol Johnson, spokeswoman for the National Mall and Memorial Parks. "Our staff is well trained to handle periodic outages like this one to ensure the safety of our visitors, as they did today."
The National Park Service will attempt to accommodate all visitors who were unable to get into the Monument at their ticketed times.