'Violent Times Will Come:' End-of-World Alert Scares US TV Viewers

'Violent Times Will Come:' End-of-World Alert Scares US TV Viewers”

Some TV viewers in Orange County got a jolt Thursday morning when a freaky emergency alert-one with apocalyptic overtones-took over the regular broadcast.

The spooky message, which Cox Communications blamed on one or two radio stations conducting an emergency test that morning, per the Orange County Register, came nearly on the eve of a well-publicized end-of-the-world as predicted by author David Meade.

Cable systems pick up such alerts, and viewers should have seen just a typical emergency-broadcast test.

"I was definitely startled, 'cause the volume increased exponentially", Mireles described.

"The radio station that sent the alert didn't turn off their programming when the alert ended".

"Realize this, extremely violent times will come", a voice in the alert said, according to the Orange County Register.

Video shows the message included the booming voice of a man warning "realise this, extremely violent times will come".

Audio clip: Listen to audio clip.

So, is it time to hole up in your underground bunker? "The good news is this is not War of the Worlds and there is no cause for actual alarm".

Smith explained that the weird message stemmed from a (real) monthly emergency test.

"With these tests, an emergency tone is sent out to initiate the test", Joe Camero, a spokesman for Cox, told the newspaper. "After the tone is transmitted, another tone is sent to end the message". He said the broadcast picked up an incorrect audio feed that bled into the alert.

It is not known if the alert has anything to do with the end of the world prophecy by David Meade, a numerologist, who claims catastrophic events will occur Saturday, according to the Washington Post. For about a minute, the emergency alert flashed on the screens of stunned TV viewers, followed by a voice. The identity of the perpetrator was never uncovered.

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