8 February 1916 – Lighting Orders in the West Midlands

In the aftermath of the Zeppelin raids on 31 January- 1 February, local councils have been discussing their response. Today lighting orders came into force in the West Midlands. All lights, flares and fixed lamps must be extinguished except those deemed as essential by the police. Lights left on must be shaded from above and reduced to a minimum.

Similar measures are in place in hotels, houses and flats where lighting visible from outside must be kept to a minimum. Factories must also comply by reducing visible light without curtailing war work.

Failure to comply with the order will be punishable by fines.

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