Freedom Tower spire and beacon to be tested tonight

one world trade center spire
The last segment of the spire was installed on One World Trade Center in May.
Credit: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

The Port Authority and the Durst Organization will be testing the spire and beacon on top of the Freedom Tower at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Durst Organization is responsible for operating the spire, which is intended to be a broadcast facility.

The spire and beacon are 408 feet tall. The beacon is the top portion of the spire and holds 288 50-watt LEDs. The spire will be visible from as far as 50 miles on a clear night.

Ironworkers installed the last portion of the spire on May 10. With the spire, One World Trade Center stands a symbolic 1,776 feet tall.

The spire and beacon will be visible throughout the city Friday evening from 5:30 p.m. onward, the Port Authority said.

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