Don't be scared, though. Seriously!
The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District is doing its part to celebrate “Earth Hour” from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, by joining electricity-users around the world in shutting off all “non-essential” lighting. If you're anything like we fear-mongering reporters at The Snitch, this may strike you as ominous: Aren't most lights on a major ocean-spanning bridge sort of, well, essential?
Not to worry, says Golden Gate district spokeswoman Mary Currie. Only the “decorative” tower floodlights that cast the bridge in picturesque night-time illumination will be switched off. The road-level lights will remain on, she said. “Every year this gets blown out of proportion,” Currie said in exasperation when we called her. “We don't 'turn the lights off.' We can't do that.”