The lights outside the Washington Monument went out on Sunday night and no one seems to know why.
The National Parks Service said they were “investigating and getting them restored as soon as possible” in a tweet shortly before 9pm.
The exterior lights of the Washington Monument are currently off. We are investigating and will have them restored as quickly as possible.
– National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) 25 January 2021
The park service had announced that the monument would close due to the coronavirus, but told CBS the situation with the lights was unrelated.
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The Washington monument and the White House went dark tonight. No one seems to be able to explain why pic.twitter.com/H4Fcmoo7yG
– ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) 25 January 2021
The parks service had not provided an update at 3 a.m. local time.
Naturally, Twitter users had fun with the situation.
Bidens’ energy plan is already taking shape.
– Big Head Fred (@Big_Head_Fred_) 25 January 2021
They called a cover
– Max (@ IOWNYOU20) 25 January 2021
Fortunately, the apparent power failure did not affect the aviation fire at the top of the monument.