Snowstorm causes the collapse of the Smithsonian Institution’s roof

February 13th, 2010 - 11:09 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Maryland, Feb 13 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The cold wave and the snowstorms caused havoc all over the country, and disrupted the normal lives of people. They also caused a lot of damage in property. The historic Smithsonian Institution also bore the brunt of the snowstorm on Wednesday, when the roof and the wall of a storage facility collapsed. The Garber Preservation, Restoration and Storage Facility in Suitland, Maryland collapsed, and exposed the amazing artifacts to the weather elements.

Some portion of the building is still standing, and the artifacts in the storage facility are now being exposed to freezing temperatures. However the Smithsonian Institution officials are still not very worried about the fate of the artifacts because they say, all the entities are kept in boxes or protective crates.

The Garber Preservation, Restoration and Storage Facility in Suitland, Maryland has over 1,500 artifacts from the National Air and Space Museum. This storage facility has got parts of flown aircraft, spacecraft and about 800 pieces of aviation and space-themed artwork. The artifacts are from different eras, which range from the space shuttle program to the historic Apollo era. And all the artifacts, which were there in the storage facility, are deemed to be very valuable, and some of them are said to be simply priceless.

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