Statue of Liberty pedestal reopened to the public for first time since 9-11.
The public is being allowed to get close to Lady Liberty again. To the strains of a military band and a welcoming message from Interior Secretary Gale Norton and other dignitaries, tourists were Tuesday allowed to visit the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. It had been closed since the September Eleventh attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers.
The public will be allowed to enjoy the panoramic view from the observation deck at the top of the pedestal, about 16 stories above ground. The rest of the statue will continue to be off-limits. Tightened security measures at the 118-year-old national monument include a new anti-bomb detection device. It blows a blast of air into clothing and then checks for particles of explosives residue.