If you were watching HGTV in Orange County on Thursday morning, you may have been treated to a terrifying surprise.
As the channel switched to an emergency broadcast screen, an extremely loud, badly transmitted voice came over the speakers.
“Realize this, extremely violent times will come,” the voice said.
“It almost sounded like Hitler talking,” Stacy Laflamme told The OC Register. “It sounded like a radio broadcast coming through the television.”
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TV viewers on both Cox Communications and Spectrum received the alert. According to the broadcasting companies, no one was sure why. They believe that some sort of radio emergency test tone was sent, which was picked up by the television stations. Instead of ending after a tone as usual, whichever station sent the alert did not send the ending code, and another radio transmission was picked up and continued to air.
“With these tests, an emergency tone is sent out to initiate the test,” Joe Camero, a spokesman for Cod, told The OC Register. “After the tone is transmitted, another tone is sent to end the message. It appears that the radio station (or stations) did not transmit the end tone to complete the test.”
When Cox technicians became aware of the error, they shut down the broadcasts.
You’d be forgiven for believing such an apocalyptic message right now, as multiple hurricanes continues to plow through the Carribbean, massive earthquakes destroy Mexico City, and the nuclear brinksmanship between the United States and North Korea gets steadily worse.
But it’s not just these current events—perhaps the best explanation for this odd occurrence is doomsday prophet David Meade, who is determinedly spreading the gospel that the world will end this Saturday. But don’t hold your breath.
Source: The OC Register