The Nebraska State Patrol Wednesday morning says they accidentally activated the Wireless Emergency Alert System to the public just after eleven Tuesday night, setting off smartphones with a loud audible alarm and generating the message: “Emergency Alert. The following is a test of the Emergency Alert System. This is a monthly test of the EAS.”
The message moved at 11:07 p.m., and usually goes as a test just to broadcasters, which leads to the familiar tones and computerized voice that come through radio and television stations during a test of the system.
The Patrol has apologized.
(Image from the Nebraska State Patrol)