October 13, 2005

Reported bomb threat closes Washington Monument

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities closed the
Washington Monument on Thursday for unspecified reasons, less
than one week after a telephone bomb threat prompted them to
evacuate the popular tourist attraction.

A local NBC affiliate said the landmark on the National
Mall was closed because of a new telephoned bomb threat but
Sgt. Scott Fear of the U.S. Park Police declined to give a
reason for the closure.

"The Washington Monument is temporarily closed and we are
looking into a situation. We don't expect it to be closed long
and that's all I can say right now," Fear said.

Surrounding streets have not been closed off, Fear said.

The 555-foot (170-meter) obelisk, named to honor the first
U.S. president, George Washington, was closed for two hours on
October 7 after a telephoned bomb threat.