Statue of Liberty Evacuation due to smoke sensor activation (New York, USA)

1On July 21st, 2010, tourists visiting New York’s Statue of Liberty  have been evacuated, due to the activation of a smoke sensor in the elevator shaft. An investigation later determined that there was never any smoke, despite what the sensor indicated.

It is unclear how many people were visiting during the time of the incident but, presumably, several hundred would have been within the monument.

No injuries have been reported during the evacuation.

The Statue of Liberty was closed to the public because of safety concerns after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. After 2004 it has been reopened but the crown remained closed because the narrow, double-helix staircases were deemed unsafe for evacuations, and didn’t comply with fire and building codes. Officials have since installed new handrails to assist with the climb.

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