Eternal Flame temporarily extinguished at Huntsville Park

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (WHNT) – It’s a familiar sight for drivers and park enthusiasts in downtown Huntsville – the Eternal Flame of Big Spring Park on the corner of Williams Avenue and Dr. Joseph Lowery Boulevard.

However, this flame can be extinguished… and it did; the city of Huntsville confirmed that the flame went out on Monday night and authorities were working to resolve the issue.

On Tuesday morning, a News 19 reporter descended into the park and saw that the flame had been rekindled by that time.

The flame and associated Freedom Monument, which contains a bronze copy of the Declaration of Independence, was restored and updated as part of Big Spring Park renovations in 2017.

And the problem of extinguishing the Eternal Flame isn’t just a Huntsville problem. The eternal flame at the grave of President John F. Kennedy has been extinguished at least once in its history.

The Associated Press said rain extinguished the flame in 1967 and flooded the transformer that would normally automatically relight the flame at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The flame was re-ignited by hand in this case.

As to rekindling the Huntsville flame in the future, the City has said the best thing to do if the flame is out is to call General Services at (256) 427-5660.


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