The bell sustained minor damage, which was temporarily fixed.
National Park Service police wrestled 26-year-old Mitchell Guilliatt to the ground after the attack. "The rangers heard a noise of metal hitting metal, and the individual had a hammer maybe 3 to 4 inches long. ... The individual was hammering on the rear of the Liberty Bell," Park Service spokesman Phil Sheridan said.
The Liberty Bell is the city's top tourist attraction. The Liberty Bell pavilion was closed for about three hours while experts examined the damage.
On July 4, 1776, the Liberty Bell rang from the tower of Independence Hall to announce the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
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