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Weekend power outage at Coney Island aquarium remains unexplained

Dark waters: Coney Island’s New York Aquarium lost power for a few hours on Aug. 24.
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Maybe they had a glitch in the electric eels.

The lights are back on after Coney Island’s New York Aquarium lost power for a few hours on Aug. 24.

Electricity went out at the aquarium on Sunday afternoon, forcing the venerable aquatic zoo to close early and rely on emergency life-support systems to keep its residents in good health, a spokeswoman said.

“All life-support systems are functioning and animals have not been affected,” aquarium officials said in a press release.

Electricity returned to the 14-acre fish bowl at 3 pm Sunday, and the attraction opened as scheduled the next day, a spokeswoman said.

An equipment failure on the aquarium’s end caused the outage, according to a Con Edison spokesman.

Aquarium officials would not say what caused the outage.

The aquarium lost power for two months after Hurricane Sandy completely flooded the park in 2012, and almost had to evacuate its many denizens.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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