Human Error to Blame for Statue of Liberty Power Outage

NEW YORK (AP) -
The Statue of Liberty during the power outage Tuesday night. (AP Photo)

The Statue of Liberty got her juice back late Tuesday night after an evening-long partial power outage.

The incident sparked speculation on social media that it was done deliberately for Wednesday’s “A Day Without A Woman” protest. But it was actually a case of human error.

National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis says the lights were supposed to go on at dusk but didn’t, though the crown and torch kept shining.

The situation was resolved by 11:45 p.m.

Willis says Liberty will experience some more outages over the next few weeks — this time on purpose — while workers install a new emergency generator as part of Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.