- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

BOONSBORO, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says a mountaintop observation tower dedicated to the nation’s first president will remain closed indefinitely because of substandard restoration work after a lightning strike in June.

Spokeswoman Karis King said in an email Tuesday that the work at Washington Monument State Park near Boonsboro must be redone.

She says a contractor didn’t follow the specifications and scope for the $9,600 project. King says the contractor hasn’t been paid yet.

Assistant Park Manager Michael Burditt says officials had hoped to reopen the three-story, stone structure this week.

The lightning strike June 18 injured three people, one seriously, and dislodged some stones and mortar.

The tower has an internal staircase leading to an observation platform. It’s been rebuilt since it was first dedicated in 1827.

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