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(Teletype reports off the Associated Press wire as received in the Midland Reporter-Telegram newsroom the evening of September 25, 1983. The original is kept under storage at the Reporter-Telegram offices. It was published in the newspaper in a special memorial section on September 25, 2008.)

1945 :FLASH '*'*'*'*FLASH'*'*'*'*'*'*FLASH'*'*'*

WASHINGTON (AP) - VP BUSH EVACUATED FROM WHITE HOUSE. DEVELOPING

1946 :FLASH
WASHINGTON (AP) - "HUNDREDS" OF INBOUND NUCLEAR MISSILES FROM THE SOVIET UNION HAVE BEEN DETECTED SAYS THE WHITE HOUSE. PRESIDENT REAGAN AND HIS WIFE NANCY ARE SAID TO BE EVACUATING FROM NEW YORK TO A "SAFE LOCATION". SAME WITH VP GEORGE BUSH AND HIS FAMILY, FROM WASHINGTON. ORDERS TO EVACUATE WASHINGTON HAVE BEEN GIVEN. DEVELOPING

1947: DAYTON, OHIO (AP) - BOMBERS REPORTEDLY TAKING OFF FROM WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB DEVELOPING

1947 ANCHORAGE (AP) - FIGHTERS SCRAMBLING FROM ELMENDORF AFB SPOKESMAN FROM AFB CALLED INTO ANCHORAGE TIMES SAID "THE MISSILES ARE COMING. GET OUT NOW" DEVELOPING

1948 FLASH

DAYTON (AP) - BOMBERS HAVE TAKEN OFF FROM WRIGHT PATTERSON AFB BELIEVED TO BE HEADED FOR SOVIET UNION  POLICE CHIEF BROOMFIELD CALLED INTO WHIO-TV AND ON AIR SAID HE HAD BEEN TOLD THE SOVIETS HAD LAUNCHED AN ATTACK AGAINST THE US AND THAT WRIGHT-PATTERSON WAS PROBABLE TARGET THEN SAID 'PEOPLE GET OUT OF HERE. GET THE HELL OUT OF TOWN NOW' BEFORE EBS ALERT TOOK OVER SIGNAL STAFFERS CONFIRM STATE OF PANIC OUTSIDE AP OFFICES CARS SPEEDING PEOPLE PANICKING DEVELOPING

1950 FLASH: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A NUCLEAR STRIKE OF UNDETERMINED MAGNITUDE HAS HIT VANDENBURG AIR FORCE BASE; BLAST WAS SEEN FROM A DISTANCE FROM LOS ANGELES. DEVELOPING

1951: NEW YORK (AP) - EMERGENCY BROADCAST SYSTEM HAS TAKEN OVER ALL RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCASTING

1951 FLASH:
NEW YORK (AP) - ORDERS GIVEN TO EVACUATE NEW YORK CITY AS SEVERAL NUCLEAR MISSILES BELIEVED TO BE INBOUND. MAYOR GIVES ORDERS TO EVACUATE ALL FIVE BOROUGHS HOWEVER POSSIBLE. FDNY BEING REROUTED TO HARLEM, QUEENS. DEVELOPING

1951: LOS ANGELES (AP) - MAYOR GIVES ORDER TO EVACUATE LOS ANGELES, WHILE CALLING FOR FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS AND EMERGENCY PERSONNEL TO BE READY FOR THE WORST.  REPORTS OF PANIC, LOOTERS IN ALL PARTS OF THE CITY, ALSO IN ANAHEIM AND SANTA ANA

1952 FLASH: WASHINGTON (AP) - WHITE HOUSE DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY SPEAKES CONFIRMS REPORTS OF NUCLEAR MISSILES INBOUND FOR UNITED STATES. EVACUATION ORDERS HAVE BEEN GIVEN FOR WASHINGTON DEVELOPING

1954 DALLAS (AP) - MAYOR TAYLOR HAS ORDERED AN EVACUATION OF ALL OF DALLAS, IN SHORT PRESS RELEASE SENT TO AP. DEVELOPING

1955 DALLAS (AP) - PANIC, FEAR IN RESIDENTS ATTEMPTING TO FLEE CITY INTERSTATES 30, 35E, 45 JAMMING UP, AS ARE LESSER ROADS OUT OF THE CITY. FORT WORTH AP OFFICES REPORT SAME SITUATION BY RESIDENTS ATTEMPTING TO LEAVE THAT CITY

1957 CHICAGO (AP) - AP REPORTERS NOTE THAT LOCAL NBC AND CBS AFFILIATES WBBM AND WMAQ CARRIED NATIONAL FEEDS OF SPEAKES PRESS CONFERENCE, THEN BRIEFS FROM NETWORK ANCHORS BEFORE EBS SIGNAL CUT IN; ABC AFFLIATE WLS CARRIED TEXT OF SPEAKES PRESSER, BRIEF COMMENT FROM ANNOUNCER, THEN OPENING BARS OF STAR SPANGLED BANNER BEFORE EBS SIGNAL CUT FEED

1958 WASHINGTON (AP) - COMPLETE STATE OF PANIC THROUGHOUT DISTRICT GOD HELP US

1959 WASHINGTON (AP) - SPEAKES SAID TO HAVE HAD HEART ATTACK AFTER GIVING SPEECH

2000 PASADENA, CA (AP) PANIC AT THE PASADENA CIVIC AUDITORIUM AS UNIDENTIFIED PERSON RAN TO PODIUM DURING JOAN RIVERS SPEECH STATING BROADCASTING HAD CEASED AND WORD WAS THAT THE RUSSIANS HAVE LAUNCHED THEIR MISSILES AGAINST US. CROWD STUNNED FOR MOMENTS THEN RUSHED FOR EXITS IN TOTAL STATE OF PANDEMONIUM. DEVELOPING

2001 ST. LOUIS (AP) - CHANNEL 2 BACK ON AIR ANCHORS TELLING PEOPLE TO GET TO SHELTER AND TO STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS, ANTICIPATING SOME TYPE OF HIT

2002 KANSAS CITY (AP) - CITY IN STATE OF UTTER SHOCK AND COMPLETE PANIC; THOSE WHO REMAIN IN AP BUREAU NEWSROOM ARE IN SHOCK, OR CRYING, OR TRYING TO DO THEIR JOBS FOR WHOMEVER MAY STILL BE RECEIVING THIS FEED

2006 MIDLAND, TEXAS (AP) - LOCAL TELEVISION, RADIO STATIONS DEFY FEDERAL ORDER TO SHUT DOWN; KOSA AND KMID TV AND KCRS RADIO RETURNED TO AIR REPORTEDLY A FEW MINUTES AFTER EBS ACTIVATED; GENERAL MANAGERS 'BEGGED' BY MAYOR ATKINS TO DEFY ORDER, RETURN TO AIR 'FOR THE COMMON GOOD'. STATIONS CARRYING PRESS CONFERENCE BY ATKINS; NATIONAL GUARDSMAN TELLS AP MIDLAND THAT GUARD WILL NOT TAKE OVER MEDIA

2006 CINCINNATI (AP) - THEYVE (expletive deleted) DONE IT, THEYVE (deleted) DONE IT THEY PUT US ALL TO DEATH DAMN THOSE BASTARDS TO HELL

2008 FAIRBANKS, AK (AP) - REPORTS OF MULTIPLE EXPLOSIONS IN ANCHORAGE AREA UNCONFIRMED

2011 DETROIT (AP) - VIOLENCE ON THE BRIDGE INTO WINDSOR BY PEOPLE TRYING TO FLEE THE ANTICIPATED MISSILES OVER DETROIT

2014 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - ON BEHALF OF THE CHARLOTTE BUREAU, IT HAS BEEN OUR PRIVILEGE TO REPORT THE NEWS AND MAY GOD BE WITH WHOMEVER SURVIVES THIS APOCALYPSE THROUGH THE COMING Y****&&*&**&*********

2015 TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - MULTIPLE FLASHES, "MIGHTY" SOUND OF EXPLOSIONS SEEN AND HEARD FROM VICINITY OF NEW YORK CITY; TRENTON CITY GOVERNMENT GIVES ORDER TO EVACUATE CITY.

2016 FLASH

LOS ANGELES (AP) - FLASH HUGE EXPLOSIONS HEARD FROM SOUTH, MASSIVE SHAKING; AP REPORTER SAYS HUGE MUSHROOM CLOUD IN DIRECTION OF SAN DIEGO DEVELO

2016 TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - MULTIPLE MUSHROOM CLOUDS SEEN IN VICINITY OF NEW YORK; "INCREDIBLE" WIND BELIEVED TO BE SHOCKWAVE AT OVER 80 MILES AN HOUR HITTING TRENTON. MORE

2017 TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - AP STAFFERS REPORT "BLINDING" FLASH IN DIRECTION OF PHILADELPHIA

2018 RICHMOND, VA (AP) - MULTIPLE NUCLEAR STRIKES REPORTED IN WASHINGTON DC VICINITY RICHMOND RESIDENTS TOLDUIOPMIIO$%%

2019 DALLAS (AP) - AP OFFICES IN OTHER CITIES REPORTING STRIKES IN NEW YORK, WASHINGTON, BOSTON, DETROIT, PHILADELPHIA, SAN FRANCISCO, MIAMI HOUSTON. DETROIT AP REPORTED PANIC IN STREETS, LOOTING, BEFORE FEED CUT OUT. LINCOLN NEBRASKA REPORTED MULTIPLE FLASHES AND MUSHROOM CLOUDS FROM EAST, SOUTH

2020 CHATTANOOGA, TENN. (AP) - MULTIPLE FLASHES SEEN IN DIRECTION OF ATLANTA; OBSERVERS SEEING FOUR MUSHROOM CLOUDS IN DISTANCE SSE OF CITY; MAYOR ORDERING EVACUATION IMMEDIATELY

2020 HONOLULU (AP) - RESIDENTS TOLD TO SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY, AS NUMEROUS MAINLAND CITIES REPORTEDLY HIT BY THERMONUCLEAR MISSILES LIKELY OF SOVIET ORIGIN. SHIPS SEEN 'FRANTICALLY LEAVING' PEARL HARBOR

2021 :FLASH
DALLAS (AP) - A THERMONUCLEAR BOMB OF AS YET UNKNOWN MAGNITUDE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE HIT FORT WORTH. BLINDING LIGHT SEEN AND AP OFFICES SHOOK NUCLEAR STRIKES ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE HIT NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON AND POSSIBLY OTHER AMER

This is believed to be the last bulletin sent from an AP bureau in the former United States. At approximately 9:21 pm Eastern time (8:21 pm Central), the Soviet Union nuclear attack on the U.S. was believed to be well under way. Bureaus in currently existing nations throughout North America survived, obviously, but were unable to communicate with one another due to the chaos. AP reporters in Midland joined with their colleagues from Midland and Odessa newspapers, radio and television stations to help report the news and inform the public of current events in October 1983; the AP bureau officially closed in December 1983.

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