Lights Out at Statue of Liberty for Several Hours

This still image taken from video shows the Statue of Liberty in New York, Tuesday night. (AP Photo)

For several hours, Lady Liberty didn’t shine so brightly.

The famed Statue of Liberty was temporarily in the dark Tuesday night after what a spokesman called an “unplanned outage.”

WCBS-TV says the statue was dark except for the crown and torch. The lights returned shortly before midnight.

National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis says the outage probably was related to a project for a new emergency backup generator. He says the official cause will be determined Wednesday when crews return to work on the project, “part of our last remaining Hurricane Sandy recovery projects.”