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Human error to blame for Statue of Liberty power outage

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    The Statue of Liberty in New York, as seen on Tuesday. The famed Statue of Liberty was temporarily in the dark Tuesday night, after what a spokesman calls an “unplanned outage.”

NEW YORK >> The Statue of Liberty has her juice back after an evening-long partial power outage.

The incident Tuesday night sparked speculation on social media that it was done deliberately for today’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. The situation was resolved by 11:45 p.m.

The crown and torch kept shining.

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.

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