Lights out at Statue of Liberty for several hours


NEW YORK (AP) — For several hours, Lady Liberty didn’t shine so brightly.

The famed The Statue of Liberty was temporarily in the dark Tuesday night after what a spokesman calls an “unplanned outage.”

WCBS-TV says the statue was dark except for the crown and torch. The lights returned shortly before midnight.

The outage sparked conversation on social media that perhaps it was done deliberately for Wednesday’s “A Day Without Women” protest of economic and social inequality.

Other social media users guessed the darkened Lady Liberty may have been in reference to Donald Trump’s newly revised travel ban against immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. The Statue of Liberty has long been considered a beacon of welcome to immigrants making their way into the United States.

But National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis says the outage was related to a project for a new emergency backup generator. He says Liberty will experience some more outages over the next few weeks – this time on purpose – while workers install the generator as part of Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.

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