Verizon investigating 911 outage in eastern Pa.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An investigation has been launched to determine what caused Carbon County’s 911 center to shut down.

Officials from Carbon County and Verizon say a network error caused all of the center’s phone lines to go down around 8 p.m. Saturday, leaving the county without emergency lines.

WFMZ-TV reports ( the outage lasted just over three hours.

Verizon officials say they are still looking into the problem.

This is the second time in a year that Carbon County’s 911 phone lines have malfunctioned.

Lines went out in back in August, causing Monroe County to cover the void.


Information from: WFMZ-TV,

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