Washington Monument reopens after leak at entrance
WASHINGTON - The Washington Monument has reopened after being temporarily closed to visitors because of a leak above the security screening room at the entrance.
National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst said the leak affected the X-ray machines Monday morning and was potentially compromising security procedures. The monument reopened just before noon.
Litterst says the leak was traced to the heating and air conditioning unit inside the monument. Repairs were completed Monday.
The monument was closed earlier in December because of problems with its elevator. The monument reopened this year after a $15 million restoration project to repair damage from an earthquake.