Pinnacle parts removed from National Cathedral

(AP, ABC7) - Engineers have removed parts of a pinnacle at the top of the Washington National Cathedral that were damaged by the August earthquake.

Three pieces from atop the central tower, weighing 2 tons, were removed together by crane on Thursday from a height of about 330 feet. The section of stonework was lowered to the ground within a matter of minutes.

The stonework dates back to 1963. The sections of the pinnacle removed Thursday had shifted about 8 1/2 inches off its base, hanging over the edge of the lower portion of the pinnacle.

The cathedral's head stone mason, Joseph Alonso, says he is focused on removing all loose stones so the cathedral can safely reopen.

The cathedral is scheduled to reopen for the first time Nov. 12.

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