Police departments nationwide report brief 911 outage

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On Monday evening, police departments began to report a nationwide 911 outage.

Around 6:30 pm, several Minnesota police departments reported that the lines were down and urged local residents to contact departments via local numbers to report their emergencies, Fox News reports.

Various law enforcement agencies around the country reported their systems being down by 7 pm ET and by 8:15 pm, reported that their services had come back online.

According to NBC, reports came in from Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Arizona as well.

Some urged residents to use their local fire departments.

"911 lines are out nationwide. In Minnetonka and Hennepin county, you will need to call 952-258-5321," a tweet from the Minnetonka Police Department read.

In Minneapolis, residents were urged to dial 612-348-2345 for emergency police, fire, or medical assistance.

The Minneapolis Police Department wrote on Twitter, "ATTENTION: The 911 lines are not operational nationwide. This is for phone calls and text messaging."

"We will advise when the issue is fixed," they reported.

Those with emergency needs nationwide were urged to check with their local police departments for an update on where they can be directed in the case of an emergency.

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