Statue Of Liberty, Liberty Island Evacuated
Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty is located, was evacuated on Monday, August 27 due to a propane fire.
NBC New York, a small propane fire broke out on Liberty Island. The island was then evacuated as a safety precaution because of the 'catastrophic risk' the fire posed to tourists. Three 100 pound propane tanks caught fire. Roughly 3,400 people were evacuated from the island.
NBC New York reports that one worker suffered injuries from the fire, and no one else was harmed. The fire broke out on a construction site on the island where a museum is being built. The worker was doing something with the tanks when injured.
Thankfully, the island reopened later in the afternoon on Monday, August 27. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.