Wednesday 20 September 2017

New York's Statue of Liberty in the dark after 'unplanned outage'

The Statue of Liberty went dark, but it was not a statement ahead of A Day Without Women protests
The Statue of Liberty went dark, but it was not a statement ahead of A Day Without Women protests

New York's Statue of Liberty was temporarily in the dark after an "unplanned outage".

The statue was dark except for the crown and torch, according to WCBS-TV.

The lights returned shortly before midnight local time.

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

But National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis said the outage was probably related to a project for a new emergency back-up generator.

He said the official cause will be determined on Wednesday when crews return to work on the project, "part of our last remaining Hurricane Sandy recovery projects".

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