Enlightening: Sullivan's Island marks National Lighthouse Day

SULLIVANS ISLAND, SC (AP) - South Carolina is marking National Lighthouse Day with tours of the last major lighthouse commissioned in the United States.

The base of the Sullivan's Island Light and the surrounding lighthouse district on the island northeast of Charleston is open to the public on Saturday.

The light, dating to 1962, was originally painted white and red-orange - the color of Coast Guard helicopters. But local residents complained and the light was repainted in the black and white colors it has today.

The lighthouse originally had 28 million candlepower but was reduced to 1.5 million because it was too bright for local residents. But the light can still be seen 27 miles at sea on clear nights.

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