911 lines go down across the US sparking panic as callers can't get through to emergency services

POLICE departments across the country are reporting the 911 system is nonoperational and urge those who need emergency services to call local numbers instead.

"ATTENTION: The 911 lines are not operational nationwide. This is for phone calls and text messaging," tweeted the Minneapolis Police Department. "If you need police, fire or emergency medical assistance in Minneapolis, please call" a local number.

"We will advise when this issue is fixed," it ended.

Similar problems continued for other police departments in the state of Minnesota.

The Minnetonka Police Department tweeted "911 lines are out nationwide. In Minnetonka and Hennepin county, you will need to call" another local number.

Delaware saw similar issues.

"BREAKING: Delaware State Police Dispatch Centers are experiencing a statewide interruption in service," a reporter tweeted. "This means anyone trying to call 911 will experience a busy signal. Until the issue is fixed, we're told people can text 911 instead."

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