Fixes slow after glitch sets off emergency sirens across Dallas

Kari Scott
April 9, 2017

"It does appear at this time that it was a hack, and we do believe that this came from the Dallas area", officials from the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management office confirmed to the media via Facebook on Saturday.

All of the 156 outdoor warning sirens in the city of Dallas went off, the first one happened at about 11:42 p.m. A city spokesman originally said a system malfunction had caused the sirens to activate.

Vaz said his office had to carefully shut down the system to make sure they didn't inadvertently damage it and now have to wait for a thorough investigation to make sure it can't be hacked again. The city manually shut down parts of the system to turn off the city's 156 alarms - usually heard only during weather emergencies - by 1:20 a.m. Saturday. According to Dallas public information director Sana Syed, there was no emergency and the system was experiencing a malfunction.

WFAA viewers reported sirens sounding in other communities besides Dallas.

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Many people, naturally, found the sirens unsettling and some took to Twitter to post video of the incident while the city collectively wondered what impending doom the sirens might be warning of.

The city's top priority is to work on reactivating the system.

"At this point, we can tell you with a good deal of confidence that this was somebody outside of our system that got in there and activated our sirens", he told reporters.

Residents are asked to be patient and to avoid calling 911 or 311 as the sirens may sound again during reactivation. "It's a costly proposition, which is why every dollar of taxpayer money must be spent with critical needs such as this in mind".

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