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Back-up number after Howard 911 outage

Howard County was without 911 service for about 20 minutes Tuesday, authorities said.

The county's main communications center is under construction, the county's police department said in a press release Tuesday, and power went out in the Scaggsville building that is being used in the meantime.

Dispatchers were moved to another location and were taking calls after about 20 minutes, authorities said; some people who called during the outage, which ended at 1:04 p.m., were contacted after they were traced through Verizon.

Howard authorities say residents should continue to call 911 but can also use the back-up number, 410-313-2900, if needed.

-- David P. Marino-Nachison

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 1, 2010; 6:48 AM ET
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison , Howard  
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