Lights back on! Statue of Liberty outage likely due to Hurricane Sandy recovery project

Posted at 11:32 PM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 01:43:42-05

Where did the lights go? This EarthCam view shows Statue of Liberty sitting in darkness late Tuesday.

NEW YORK – Lights at the Statue of Liberty have been turned back on after an unplanned, temporary outage late Tuesday night.

The National Parks Service said early Wednesday the blackout was “most likely” due to an ongoing project to activate a new emergency backup generator as part of the remaining Hurricane Sandy recovery effort.

The agency will confirm the cause when crews return to Liberty Island Wednesday morning.

When lights went out around 10 p.m., speculation on social media suggested Lady Liberty went dark hours ahead of the nationwide “Day without a Woman” strike slated for Wednesday. The strike’s organizers, who coordinated the massive Woman’s March on Washington a day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, have encouraged participants to refrain from work, fueling the possibility Lady Liberty took the day off earlier than planned.

The official Twitter account of the Women’s March even thanked the iconic statue of freedom.

“Thank you Lady Liberty for standing with the resistance and going dark for #DayWithoutAWoman,” the tweet read.