200-Pound Fallen Chunk from Capitol Building Won't Be Reattached

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The secretary of state's office says workers will not try to reattach a 200-pound chunk of limestone that fell from Arkansas' Capitol and will instead try to patch the historic building using a stone mortar compound.

Natasha Naragon, a spokeswoman for the office, said architects decided against trying to reattach due to its weight.  The piece fell to the ground on February 9, but did not injure anyone.

Naragon said it would be very difficult to reattach such a heavy piece of limestone.

An architect with the state said the column had been cracked since the 1960s and a caulk used to patch it had weakend over the years.  A round of severe thunderstorms on February 5 may have helped dislodge the piece.

Workers scoured the 93-year-old building in February to make sure there were no other cracks or damage.  Another loose piece, weighing between 15 and 20 pounds, also was removed from the building.

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