London’s Famous Tower Bridge Gets Stuck in an Open Position

August 23, 2020 Updated: August 23, 2020

LONDON—London’s famous Tower Bridge, which crosses the River Thames in the heart of the British capital, was stuck open on Saturday, leaving traffic in chaos and onlookers amazed at the sight.

London Tower Bridge crossing the River Thames is stuck open
Tower Bridge is stuck open, leaving traffic in chaos, on Aug. 22, 2020. (Tony Hicks/AP Photo)

The historic bascule-and-suspension bridge failed to close after opening to allow ships to pass underneath on the Thames. City of London police tweeted shortly after 5 p.m. that the bridge was closed to pedestrians and traffic and mechanics were working to fix the problem. An hour later, police tweeted that the bridge had reopened.

Britain Tower Bridge Stuck Open
Tower Bridge is stuck open, leaving traffic in chaos on Aug. 22, 2020. (Tony Hicks/AP Photo)

Tower Bridge is 244 meters (800 feet) long and its towers are 65 meters (213 feet) high. It was built between 1886 and 1894.