(TargetLiberty.org) – First responders in at least six states faced disruptions Monday night, as 911 emergency systems suffered widespread failures. Police departments in Minnesota, Delaware, Arizona, Indiana, Colorado and Pennsylvania all reported issues, with at least some of the failures affecting the entire state. The first reports came in around 7 p.m. EST and in most locations, the problems were resolved by 8:15 p.m.
The first agency to report issues was the Minneapolis Police Department, they reported that 911 lines were “not operational nationwide.” In fact, the disruption wasn’t nationwide; the NYPD confirmed that it was aware of the problem, but its own 911 service was working throughout.
ATTENTION: The 911 lines are not operational nationwide. This is for phone calls and text messaging. If you need police, fire or emergency medical assistance in Minneapolis, please call 612-348-2345. We will advise when this issue is fixed.
— Minneapolis Police (@MinneapolisPD) September 28, 2020
When services started to fail, police departments sent out alerts on social media warning of the problem and asking anyone who needed emergency services to call local department numbers. The police department in Oro Valley, AZ, reported that its Text-to-911 system continued to work and was an option for future emergency calls.
There were widespread disruptions to Microsoft’s online services at the same time; it’s not yet known if the incidents were connected.
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