12/21/08 309 W - + 14 - 10 Blackout Instructions, 1942

The following rules were printed in the News & Observer on April 24, 1942, ahead of the city's first blackout drill. City ordinances allowed fines up to $50 for failure to comply with the instructions, which were provided by the Army.

Immediately upon hearing the whistles and siren all local residents must put out all home lights that are visible from the outside, and all owners of mercantile establishments must do the same. Lights in homes, however, may be kept burning if they are sufficiently protected to keep their glare from being visible from the outside.

When the blackout signal sounds all persons must enter their homes or other places of shelter and stay off the streets no matter how long the blackout lasts. All groups gathering on the streets during blackout must be broken up and are subject to arrest if they persis in loitering on the streets. All city buses will pull immediately to the curb and stop when blackout signal sounds and remain stationary until the all-clear signal is given.

Passengers may leave buses, but for safety's sake they are requested to remain on buses until they begin moving again. Though buses and trains may keep moving if they show only necessary running lights during blackout.

Private Vehicles Must Stop

All passenger cars and trucks must pull to the curb and stop and remain there until the "all clear" signal is given. Civilian Defense workers have the authority to stop all passenger cars operating during blackout. Ambulances and police cars may operate provided they show only the necessary running lights. Radio stations will be allowed to function during the blackout provided the lights on the dials cannot be seen from the outside.

The Carolina Power and Light Company will not use any master switch to cut off lights as that is the job of individuals.

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