October 29, 1943

Blackouts Still Possible
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Mandatory dimouts in coastal cities will end on November 1. Officially, the lights can go back on at 12:01 a.m. on that date. Rescinding of the order comes as a result of the diminished threat of U-boat attacks along the Eastern seaboard. However, the order also states that a return to dimout status or even full blackouts should be prepared in case U-boat menace again becomes an issue. Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox yesterday warned it is still possible for Germany to attack the United Sates, but declined to directly comment on the order rescinding the mandatory dimouts. Several governmental agencies, including the War Production Board (WPB) and the Petroleum Administration for War (PAW), are urging a voluntary continuation of the dimouts to conserve fuel and power.

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