Lady Liberty's temporary – and apparently unintentional – strike has ended.
According to the New York Post, the Statue of Liberty went mostly dark – except for its crown and torch – about 10 p.m. Tuesday, sparking speculation that the lights were cut in solidarity with Wednesday's Day Without a Woman protest or as a statement against President Donald Trump's immigration executive order.
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.— David Solimini (@CommsDirector) March 8, 2017
Hard to believe #statueofliberty outage isn't symbolic of #daywithoutawoman protest/as symbol of mourning of country's anti-immigrant mood pic.twitter.com/mycGTCYM6n— Matt Gelman (@matt_gelman) March 8, 2017
The national monument lit back up about 11:30 p.m., the Post reported.
A National Park Service representative issued the following statement:
"A portion of the lighting system that illuminates the Statue of Liberty experienced a temporary, unplanned outage tonight," spokesman Jerry Willis said, according to WCBS.
"The outage was most likely due to work related to an ongoing project to activate a new emergency backup generator that is part of our last remaining Hurricane Sandy recovery projects."
Some lights on the Statue were temporarily off tonight. Likely related to new emergency generator/Hurricane Sandy recovery project work.— Statue of Liberty NM (@StatueEllisNPS) March 8, 2017
But some people weren't buying it.
@StatueEllisNPS pic.twitter.com/hE4Vmqr4Ai— NEMRAPS (@NemRaps) March 8, 2017
@StatueEllisNPS pic.twitter.com/8FGuZloM3r— kitty kibbleservice (@grandmatopgun) March 8, 2017
The Park Service should be able to find out more about what caused the incident Wednesday morning, Willis said.