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Hands missing from clock tower at Georgetown

Monday - 4/30/2012, 4:08pm  ET

Georgetown University officials discovered the hands of the clocktower missing Monday. (Courtesy Georgetown University)

Students react to missing hands

WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck reports


WASHINGTON - The clock tower at Georgetown University, one of the most familiar campus landmarks, is missing its hands.

Police believe the hands on Healy Hall, a Gothic-style flagship building of the main campus and a National Historic Landmark, were removed over the weekend.

The tower's hands have been a popular target of pranksters for years.

The Hoya reports "Stealing the Healy clock hands is a long-standing Georgetown tradition that took root in the 1960s."

School officials say the hands were removed in 2005 and the clock was damaged, requiring $25,000 in repairs.

Rachel Pugh, spokesperson with Georgetown University, says the school does have a set of hands that can be installed if the missing hands are not recovered.

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