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911 system fails for 1 1/2 hours

August 24, 2008|From the Associated Press

The 911 emergency call system crashed in a large area of Orange County early Saturday because of a glitch in introducing a new area code to the region, sheriff's and phone company officials said.

The sheriff's 911 system was down for nearly 90 minutes -- from 2:28 a.m. to 3:51 a.m -- in the central and southern portions of the county that include about 20 cities, Lt. Ted Boyne said. He said the California Highway Patrol and other agencies reported similar problems with their 911 systems.

The Sheriff's Department contacted AT&T Inc., which fixed the problem, he said.

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