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Ohio State’s Emergency Management vendor sends out false attack alert on campus

An Ohio State University sign.
Angie Wang

Ohio State's emergency alert system issued a false alert Friday afternoon claiming there was a report of an attack issued near campus. The message was sent accidentally by the system's vendor as part of some system maintenance.

The first alert warning was sent to smartphones through text message notifications and on social media just before 2:10 p.m. The message said there was an active attacker reported on or near the university's main campus.

A second message indicating that the alert was false was sent out seven minutes later and that the alert system was undergoing maintenance.

OSU Police tweeted out an apology Friday afternoon.

Jared Clayton Brown joined the WOSU News team in November 2022. He spent seven years working for the Fox and NBC affiliate stations in Louisville and three years with the CBS affiliate station in Columbus.