Visitors to the Statue of Liberty experienced a frightening false alarm on Wednesday. Park officials claim the statue was evacuated as a safety measure after a sensor in an elevator falsely indicated smoke.
National Park Service spokeswoman Mindi Rambo says it was a false alarm despite what detector indicated.
However, several people walked out of the Ms. Liberty at about 1:50 p.m. Some came down the equivalent of about 15 flights of steps.
As visitors waited they were given history of the building by rangers and were able to explore the island.