May 14, 2014 / 9:31 PM / in 4 years

Elevator halts at reopened Washington Monument

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The elevator in the Washington Monument stopped working on Wednesday, frustrating visitors two days after the U.S. capital landmark reopened to the public.

A woman stops to photograph the re-opened Washington Monument in Washington May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The National Park Service said the elevator in the 555-foot-high (170-meter) obelisk temporarily halted at 10:53 a.m.

Eighteen visitors in the elevator were able to disembark at ground level, the agency said in a statement. Sixty-one tourists on the observation deck got out safely.

WTOP-FM radio quoted tourists as saying that they had waited 90 minutes for an elevator when it stalled at the top of the monument, the tallest stone structure in the world. A normal elevator trip to the top takes a little more than a minute.

The obelisk reopened to visitors on Monday almost three years after it was damaged in a 5.8-magnitude earthquake. Repairs cost $15 million.

Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Scott Malone and Steve Orlofsky

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