PHILADELPHIA — The Liberty Bell will survive the scars it sustained after a self-described wanderer struck the famous landmark with a hammer four times, curators said.
The lip of the 249-year-old symbol of freedom was chipped and dented, but the Philadelphia Museum of Art's conservation department made cosmetic repairs. Permanent repairs are planned.
"There are lots of different dents, and the damage isn't all from this century or the century before. The Liberty Bell has a long history of use and abuse," said Philadelphia Museum of Art curator Andrew Lins.
Authorities said Mitchell Guilliatt, 26, took a small hammer out of his backpack during a tour Friday and hit the bell. He was tackled by a National Park Service ranger and apprehended by park service police, said Phil Sheridan, a park service spokesman.