Statue of Liberty temporarily goes dark, sparking speculation on social media


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.

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Thank you Lady Liberty for standing with the resistance and going dark for #DayWithoutAWoman #StatueOfLiberty pic.twitter.com/D0JG9MmSRj

— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 8, 2017

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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

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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

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The national monument lit back up about 11:30 p.m., the Post reported.

Lights back on at Statue of Liberty after what the National Park Service says was a "temporary, unplanned outage." https://t.co/39ZNj6HiYi pic.twitter.com/5uhhPEg7Ni

— ABC News (@ABC) March 8, 2017

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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.

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"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

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But some people weren't buying it.

@StatueEllisNPS pic.twitter.com/hE4Vmqr4Ai

— NEMRAPS (@NemRaps) March 8, 2017

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@StatueEllisNPS pic.twitter.com/8FGuZloM3r

— kitty kibbleservice (@grandmatopgun) March 8, 2017

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The Park Service should be able to find out more about what caused the incident Wednesday morning, Willis said.

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