Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Local Television Shows Warn Of Pending Zombie Apocalypse

Unsuspecting viewers in Montana and upper Michigan where likely shocked to see warnings scrolling across their screen of an impending "Zombie Apocalypse" as a distorted voice declared that the corpses were coming to life and that viewers should not approach them, "because they are extremely dangerous".

The zombie apocalypse hoax, reported by Great Falls Tribune in Montana and the Upper Michigan Source, seems to have been staged by persons unknown activating the emergency alert systems at Public TV 13 and CBS affiliate KRTV.

The video above was captured by a quick thinking viewer and shows the scrolling message as well as the voice recording which according to the Great Falls police prompted calls "checking to see if it was true". Lt. Shane Sorenson with the Great Falls Police Department reported that, "there have been no sightings of dead bodies rising from the ground". Sorenson was unsure what sort of penalties a person would face for hacking the emergency alert system, if any. Concerns were also expressed on the KRTV3 Facebook page.

KRTV released a statement saying the "message did not originate for KRTV, and there is no emergency". In Michigan, the station manager of Public TV 13 said the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, NMU public safety and Michigan State Police were all aware of the hoax and investigating how it happened.

Kudos to the hackers that lightened the moods around Michigan and Montana, but I have to wonder what the viewers that called in where thinking. Seriously folks zombies aren't real!!

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