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Spire, Beacon of 1 World Trade Light Up NYC

Freedom Tower litNEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of red, white and blue LED modules are illuminating lower Manhattan as officials test the lights atop 1 World Trade Center.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Friday the beacon is packed with nearly 300 modules and their glow can be seen for up to 50 miles.

The beacon and spire together stand 408 feet tall and bring the building, formerly called the Freedom Tower, to its symbolic height of 1,776 feet.

The Durst Organization operates the spire, which will serve broadcasters.

A committee of world building heights experts met Friday in Chicago to decide whether a design change that affects the 408-foot needle disqualifies it from being counted as the nation’s tallest skyscraper. The committee will announce its decision next week.

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  • HonestABElincoln

    Is Bush paying for it out of the 32 trillion dollars of tax payers funds they announced “unaccounted for” 12 hours before the records were destroyed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon? BAHAHHAHHA! That’s a joke, we all know Bush wouldn’t pay. He would charge it, declare bankruptcy, then get the government to bail him out, then put off funding for 6 years to make his predecessor look bad. What a slimeball. $32 TRILLION dollars…the exact figure of our budget shortage at this time. Isn’t that interesting?

  • HonestABElincoln

    Where are you AL? I’m in the jungle room dressed as cheetah. Are you Tarzan or Jane?

    • HonestABElincoln

      So was that you AL? I propped opened the door,put on the blindfold, laid back on the jungle bed of palm leaves, and it was WONDERFUL! Was that you?