Until the official report came through from the Dominion Weather Bureau at Toronto that the phenomenal condition was caused by forest fires in Northern Alberta, panic-stricken and curious residents were frantically phoning the police and to the Beacon Herald to find out what was wrong.
There were various reactions. One husband went home to find his wife glued to the telephone with only one light on in the house. He asked why she didn’t go into the living room and turn on the lights. “I thought it was the end of the world,” she said, “and at least you wouldcall me to say good-bye.” Other wives became hysterical as they found themselves alone in the house encompassed in darkness and called their husbands to come home before something earth-shattering befell the city. Their spouses hastened to their firesides.
Late sleepers were befuddled when they awoke and discovered it was still night. The Bell Telephone Company reported several calls asking what time it was and then meekly,” A.M. or P.M.?”
City street lights were turned on for part of the afternoon (as seen at about 1:30 p.m., in this Beacon Herald photo, from the Stratford-Perth Archives Beacon Herald negative collection).