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Fixes slow after glitch sets off emergency sirens across Dallas

Fixes slow after glitch sets off emergency sirens across Dallas”

Dallas spokeswoman Sana Syed said the 911 system was bombarded with over 4,400 calls between 11:30 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., double the number for a normal, eight-hour period overnight. The sirens started sounding at 11:42 p.m. Friday and continued until 1:17 a.m. Saturday.

Outdoor emergency warning sirens went off across Dallas late Friday, despite no severe weather or any other live emergency threat.

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About 1 a.m. Garland police said that city's sirens were going off in error as well and that they were working to fix them. "For security reasons, we can not discuss the details of how this was done, but we do believe that the hack came from the Dallas area".

The incident, initially labeled a "system malfunction", sparked an avalanche of anxious posts on social media and calls to the emergency 911 system. "We are putting in safeguards to ensure this type of hack does not happen again", the city said in a news release. Vaz said city officials have asked the Federal Communications Commission for help in determining who was behind the hack.

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Surrounding cities also reported hearing sirens, but officials confirmed only the sirens in Dallas were triggered. "Right now, our priority is to work on reactivating our system".

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings described the incident as "an attack on our emergency notification system". Officials Saturday said the longest wait time at the 911 call center was six minutes.

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"If you ever wanted to know how jittery an entire community is about national security, just search "dallas sirens", one Dallas resident wrote on Twitter".



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