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911 System Is Not Working In 5 S.C. Counties

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File photo of a phone headset near a desk in a call center. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

File photo of a phone headset near a desk in a call center. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Emergency officials are reporting the 911 system is down in at least five counties in South Carolina.

South Carolina Emergency Management Division spokesman Derrec Becker says a problem with phone lines operated by a common company has the 911 system down in Fairfield, Georgetown, Horry, Laurens and Williamsburg counties.

Becker says his agency is also checking reports that the 911 system is down in Lee and McCormick counties.

Becker says officials have not determined exactly why the emergency phone system is not working. Previous, more isolated problems have been linked to cut fiber optic lines.

Anyone who needs to call 911 should call the sheriff’s office or other local police instead.

The lines are operated by Frontier Communications. The company did not respond to a call seeking comment.

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