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Statue of Liberty Goes Dark On Eve of ‘A Day Without A Woman’ Strike

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Statue of Liberty Goes Dark On Eve of ‘A Day Without A Woman’ Strike

The Statue of Liberty was in the dark for more than an hour Tuesday night, as this still image taken from video shows. A National Park Service official says the unplanned outage was likely because of work on a backup generator.

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:

One of the groups, Women’s March, tweeted:

Or maybe this is what happened:

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