The Washington Monument, a marble obelisk in the center of the American capital, will be closed to visitors on Monday due to electronics damage after a lightning strike on Sunday, the National Park Service said.
“The Washington Monument will be closed today while repairing the damage to the access system received as a result of a lightning strike on Sunday morning,” the National Park Service, which manages the monuments on the territory of Washington, said.
On social networks, you can find video and photo images of the moment when lightning struck the upper part of the obelisk, whose height reaches 169 meters. After a prolonged heatwave in recent days, thunderstorms are regular in the US metropolitan region. Similar weather is recorded in other areas of the Eastern coast of the country.