911 services suffer nationwide outage as officials race to restore emergency lines

Law enforcement agencies across the country reported outages of their 911 systems Monday night, with the cause of the disruption currently unclear.

Police departments from Nevada to Pennsylvania and Arizona to Minnesota, tweeted that their 911 systems were down beginning shortly after 6:30pm.

Multiple reports have since indicated that similar outages have occurred throughout Delaware and Ohio as well.

As of 8:15pm, a number of departments had reported their their services were back online.

Others urged anyone in need of emergency assistance to call local police departments directly, rather than using 911.  

The blackout may be linked to a crash of Microsoft 365 services also on Monday night, which restricted user’s access to Outlook and a number of other applications.  

On a status page for its cloud services, the software giant acknowledged the widespread systems issue and said ‘Any user may experience access problems for Microsoft 365 services.’

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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