End-of-world prediction interrupts TV broadcasts in Orange County

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Some Orange County residents were stunned Thursday, Sept. 21, when television programming was suddenly interrupted for about a minute with an ominous message predicting the end of the world. Stacy Laflamme of Lake Forest said she was watching the HGTV channel via Cox Communications about 11:05 a.m. when suddenly an emergency alert flashed across her screen followed by a voice. “Realize this, extremely violent times will come,” a man’s voice boomed, according to a video of the alert. Laflamme said she was alarmed. “It almost sounded like Hitler talking,” she said. “It sounded like a radio broadcast coming through the television.” In addition to Cox, Spectrum cable customers in Orange County also received the alert. Erin Mireles of Diamond Bar was watching the BRAVO network on Spectrum’s cable system when her show was interrupted by the alert. “I was definitely startled, ’cause the volume increased exponentially,” she said. “I wasn’t alarmed in the sense of thinking something was wrong, ’cause I assumed it was some sort of hack. My channel changed back to Bravo after a couple minutes.” The mysterious alert became a hot topic on social media. The problem occurred due to one or more radio stations conducting an emergency test, Joe Camero, a spokesman for Cox, said Thursday. “With these tests, an emergency tone is sent out to initiate the test” he said. After the tone is transmitted, another tone is sent to end the message. It appears that the radio station (or stations) did not transmit the end tone to complete the test.” Cox picked up the initial tone but not the end tone allowing audio to bleed over into the alert, Camero said, adding Cox technicians shut down the emergency test as soon as they became aware of the problem. “We don’t want to alarm anyone with any false emergency alerts”, he said. Cox and Spectrum are investigating who sent out the alert and whether it was done accidentally or on purpose. “We have confirmed that we were fed an incorrect audio file,” Dennis Johnson, a spokesman for Spectrum said. It hasn’t been determined if the audio in the alert is related to a prophecy by David Meade, a self-described “specialist in research and investigations” who believes catastrophic events will occur Saturday.

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