Lights that illuminate the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor went dark for more than an hour Tuesday night, prompting speculation over the cause.
Did it have to do with a “A Day Without A Woman” protest on International Women’s Day? A National Park Service official says they’re still looking into it, but they suspect recent work on the electrical system is the cause for the temporary outage.
“The outage was most likely due to work related to an ongoing project to activate a new emergency backup generator which is part of our last remaining Hurricane Sandy recovery projects,” the NPS says. Adding that the outage was “unplanned.”
The darkness on Liberty Island dramatically changed the look of one of the country’s most iconic monuments — as an AP video shows:
Much of the reaction to the outage focused on the timing:
— Tabby Biddle (@tabbybiddle) March 8, 2017
— Diana Brang-Scott (@motleygirl313) March 8, 2017
— Melanie321 (@Mellie4Justice) March 8, 2017
Statue of Liberty lights are out…
It’s official, our 200+ year relationship with liberty is over.
— Theory of BevryThing (@Bevrything) March 8, 2017
One of the groups, Women’s March, tweeted:
Thank you Lady Liberty for standing with the resistance and going dark for #DayWithoutAWoman ?
— Women’s March (@womensmarch) March 8, 2017
Or maybe this is what happened:
Oops, wait. Lights aren't off on the Statue of Liberty. She's just gone for a stroll. pic.twitter.com/jW6StnO6Un
— Apple Cider Radio (@AppleCiderRadio) March 8, 2017