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The Statue Of Liberty Went Dark After An Unplanned Power Outage

Video showed the lights out Tuesday night at the iconic Lady Liberty, and initially, people wondered if it was related to a political protest.

Last updated on March 8, 2017, at 12:40 a.m. ET

Posted on March 7, 2017, at 11:25 p.m. ET

Lights went out at the Statue of Liberty on Tuesday after an unplanned power outage, the National Park Service said.

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Web cameras that normally show the Liberty Island icon fully illuminated by 10:30 p.m. Tuesday showed only her torch and a handful of other lights.


CNN also aired video that showed Lady Liberty had gone dark. The National Park Service, which manages the national monument, said in a statement it was possibly due to work on a generator.


“A portion of the lighting system that illuminates the Statue of Liberty experienced a temporary, unplanned outage tonight,” National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis said.

After crews returned to the island Wednesday morning, the park service determined that power and a lighting system controller were turned off as workers changed out faulty lighting equipment. Power returned after that, but the lighting system wasn't properly reset.

Willis added planned power outages were ahead to replace an emergency generator, but the park service would notify the public beforehand.

"The new emergency generator is one of the last Hurricane Sandy recovery projects at Liberty Island and will ensure that Lady Liberty shines brightly and weathers future storms," he said.

Here's how the statue normally looks at night.

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Before the explanation, people on Twitter suggested it was to mark A Day Without Women, the women's strike planned for Wednesday around the US.

The lights are out at the Statue of Liberty...that's ONE MORE woman America CANNOT do without. #adaywithoutwomen #LightsOut

CNN reporting that the lights have gone out at the Statue of Liberty. #ADayWithoutWomen starting early.

The Women's March didn't take responsibility, but it also suggested the switch-off was connected to its upcoming protest.

Lady Liberty got the memo. On 3/8, we strike! #DayWithoutAWoman #StatueOfLiberty (Anyone know who this amazing arti…

Others wondered if darkness at the nation's symbol of immigration was a protest of President Trump's travel ban.

For what it's worth, if someone cut the power to the statue of liberty as a protest of immigration policy, that would be just stunning.

And others — correctly, it turned out — thought it was just a power outage.

Some sort of power outage at the Statue of Liberty. Live on earthcam dot com.…

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