Orange County (CA): ‘End of world’ emergency broadcast stuns TV viewers

Orange County (CA): ‘End of world’ emergency broadcast stuns TV viewers
"Hell 2," detail. By Netherlands painter Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516)

[Ed. – That would freak a feller out.]

Some Orange County residents were stunned Thursday, Sept. 21, when television programming was suddenly interrupted for about a minute with an ominous message predicting the end of the world.

Stacy Laflamme of Lake Forest said she was watching the HGTV channel via Cox Communications about 11:05 a.m. when suddenly an emergency alert flashed across her screen followed by a voice.

“Realize this, extremely violent times will come,” a man’s voice boomed, according to a video of the alert. …

In addition to Cox, Spectrum cable customers in Orange County received the alert. …

Camero said Cox technicians shut down the emergency test as soon as they became aware of the problem. …

Cox and Spectrum are investigating who sent out the alert and whether it was done accidentally or on purpose. It was unclear where the audio came from.

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