San Diego Emergency Alert Warned of “Fire in Your Pants”

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Oops! Emergency app sends alert warning of “Fire in your pants” to San Diego residents.
Courtesy: Ken Brucker, ‏@sei_ryu


As San Diego firefighters try to get a handle on three growing wildfires in their county, officials are under fire for an alert they sent to people needing to evacuate from the fire areas.

The County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services began alerting people Tuesday night to evacuate ahead of the growing Bernardo Fire. But those people may have been laughing so hard their evacuation was delayed.

The reason? The notification alerted people about a “fire in your pants”.

The alert was sent to people who use the emergency service’s app. The notes section of the alert should have read, “Bernardo Fire”, San Diego officials told KPBS.

How did it happen? San Diego Communications Director Mike Workman told NBCSanDiego two people were assigned to create a map of who would be effected by the fire evacuations. He said an “unknown person” put the words “fire in your pants” in the area where the name of the fire was supposed to go.

San Diego officials published a new version over the incorrect alert.

No word if the culprit has been tracked down yet, or what punishment they may face.


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