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911 outages reported in several states throughout the country

Several states throughout the country reported 911 emergency services outages on Wednesday night. The largest city affected appeared to have been Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nevada State Police alerted people through social media platforms that the outage affected people living in areas throughout Southern Nevada. Residents in parts of Nevada were unable to call 911 from cell phones and landline phones, starting around 7 p.m. local time, according to reports.

“URGENT: Southern Nevada – there is a 911 outage impacting your ability to contact Emergency Services in Southern Nevada right now,” read a post from the Nevada State Police account on X, formerly Twitter. 

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department also took to X to bring awareness to the 911 outage.

“There is a 911 outage impacting your ability to make calls,” the Las Vegas FireRescue account on X posted.

Outages for 911 emergency services also were announced in several other states around the country including cities in Texas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Residents of those areas were unable to use cell phones or landline phones to call 911. Some areas reported the ability to contact 911 through text messages during the outage.

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Nevada and South Dakota were able to restore 911 services a couple hours after the outage started, multiple sources reported. Several law enforcement agencies in cities in those states announced the restoration of emergency services on social media. 

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department stated that any individual who tried calling 911 during the outage have been called back and provided assistance.

“9-1-1 phone service has been restored,” the LVMPD wrote in a post. “All of the individuals who called during the outage have been called back and provided assistance. Non-emergency calls are also working. As always, please do not call 9-1-1 unless you have an emergency.”

Other states were still trying to resolve the outages as of early Thursday morning.



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