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Dickinson County Officials Say A Hostage Alert That Some People Received On Their Devices Was Sent By Mistake

Tue 10-13-2020

(Spirit Lake)-- Dickinson county authorities say an emergency message many people received today (Tues.) on their devices regarding a hostage situation and requesting snipers was sent by mistake, and that there was actually nothing of the sort going on.

Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ehret tells KUOO news the alert accidentally got pushed to a twitter feed by a company demonstrating a new emergency alert system for county officials. Ehret says they sent a new notification shortly afterward stating that the original message was sent in error.