Historical Tidbit: The DIMOUT

From May 16th, 1942 until October 1943 the town of East Bridgewater participated in a “dimout.”
Because of East Bridgewater’s vicinity to the ocean, wartime fears led to this initiative, which mandated that the residents dimmed their lights to make the town less susceptible to air and submarine attacks.
During the “dimout,” porch lights were not to exceed 15 watts and must be shaded if direct light shone out higher than 90 degrees, all windows must be shaded 3/4 of the way down or all the way down if light could be seen from the street, and streetlights were to remain unlit at night.
During this time Michael J. McCarthy, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, was in charge of making sure that the town residents were complying with the procedures. When the initiative finally ended, McCarthy stated: “All cooperated to make it a community job well done.”
Information from: East Bridgewater Sesquicentennial
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