Statue of Liberty Suddenly Goes Dark

Officials doubt it was protest-related
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2017 3:16 AM CST
Statue of Liberty Mysteriously Goes Dark for Hours
The Statue of Liberty was temporarily in the dark Tuesday night , March 7, 2017, after what a spokesman calls an "unplanned outage."   (AP Photo)

In what appears to have been a weird "Day Without Women" coincidence, Lady Liberty mysteriously went dark Tuesday night. The Statue of Liberty was dark apart from her crown and torch for more than an hour, starting at 11pm, the New York Daily News reports. Amid speculation on social media that the lights had been put out ahead of Wednesday's protest, the Statue of Liberty National Monument tweeted that the outage was likely "related to new emergency generator/Hurricane Sandy recovery project work," the AP reports. Officials say they will find the cause when crews return to work Wednesday. (Last month, activists unfurled a "Refugees Welcome" banner from the statue.)

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