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Statue of Liberty goes dark due to 'unplanned outage'

This Tuesday, March 7, 2017, still image taken from video shows the Statue of Liberty in New York. For several hours, Lady Liberty didn't shine so brightly.

This Tuesday, March 7, 2017, still image taken from video shows the Statue of Liberty in New York. For several hours, Lady Liberty didn't shine so brightly.  (AP)

For a few hours, Lady Liberty didn't shine so brightly.

The famed The Statue of Liberty went dark for a couple of hours Tuesday night -- but it was most likely an accident, the National Park Service told Fox News on Wednesday.

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A spokesman said somebody mistakenly may have set the timer to shut off the lights at the wrong time. The NPS plans to turn off the lights next week to work on a new emergency generator, one of the last remaining fixes in response to Superstorm Sandy. 

The lights came back on around 11:30 p.m., The New York Post reported. Lights on the torch and crown never went off.

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

National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis said the official cause of the "unplanned outage" will be determined Wednesday when crews return to work on the generator project.

Fox News' Kathleen Foster and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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