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Capitol Chandelier Falls, Destroying a Bench

The Nation | IN BRIEF / MISSOURI

December 31, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A 600-pound antique chandelier fell nearly 50 feet during maintenance at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, smashing a bench but injuring no one.

The chandelier fell in the state Senate chamber as workers were checking its light bulbs. A brass chain broke, said Dave Mosby, the state's facilities operations manager.

The bench and the chandelier are original items of the Capitol, which was built between 1913 and 1919.

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