911 service restored after short outage in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — State officials say 911 emergency service was not working in some areas of Washington state. Washington Emergency Management said on Twitter at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday that the agency was getting widespread reports of a 911 outage impacting their systems. The tweet said the state 911 Coordination Office was investigating the cause. Washington State Patrol Trooper tweeted just before 5 p.m. that all 911 services had been restored. The Seattle Police Department said on Twitter that texting to 911 had remained functional. People who needed to call authorities during the outage were asked to call non-emergency phone numbers in each county.