The torch of the statue of liberty has been closed for viewing since the Black Tom explosion July 30, 1916. The explosion caused $100,000 worth of damage to the statue and only staff of the Statue are permitted to go up to the torch for maintenance. The Black Tom explosion was the largest attack of sabotage on our nation at that time. The statue is 305 ft and 1 inch tall at the tip of the torch.
Some FAQs about the statue.
Information about the Black Tom explosion.