Apr 23, 2011 3:27 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Phone issue leads to more than 50 false 911 calls

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) - A problem with phone service has led to false 911 calls to Jefferson County sheriff's officials.

Deputies responded to more than 50 false 911 calls after the problem surfaced Friday. Qwest Communications International Inc. said Saturday its technicians were working around the clock to solve the issue.

Qwest suspects it happened after a third-party contractor cut a cable Friday near Wadsworth Boulevard and Coal Mine Avenue.

Sheriff's officials say residents who are unable to report emergencies to 911 can call sheriff's dispatchers at (303) 277-0211.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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