Bogus emergency alert warns Montana residents of zombie uprising
If only Lori Grimes and Shane Walsh had been given a little warning, things might’ve ended better for everyone. At least they could’ve gotten poor Rick out of that hospital.
Unfortunately, Montana residents weren’t all that appreciative when the regular broadcast of Great Falls television station KRTV was interrupted Monday afternoon by an Emergency Alert System bulletin warning of an impending zombie apocalypse.
“Civil authorities in your area have reported the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and are attacking the living,” a creepy, distorted voice warned residents in a four-county area. “Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies, as they are considered extremely dangerous.”
The TV station quickly reported on its website that the “bogus” alert was apparently the work of hackers, and “there is no emergency,” at least a handful of viewers bought into the hoax.
“We had four calls checking to see if it was true,” Lt. Shane Sorensen of the Great Falls Police Department told the local newspaper. “And then I thought, ‘Wait. What if?’ We can report in the city, there have been no sightings of dead bodies rising from the ground.”