Eight hours of outage, no victims but a lot of confusion: this is the result of the breakdown, fortunately not serious, which occurred on May 20 on the American emergency number, 911, in Charleston County, Carolina from South. Apparently triggered by the severing of two telephone cables, the cut prompted a rushed reaction. The inhabitants of the region indeed received, two hours after the start of the blackout, a message containing several temporary emergency numbers, followed by a second twenty minutes later: the local authorities had realized that they had sent … wrong numbers.

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