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Florida city looks for answers after zombie alert sent to residents

Message sent to 7,880 customers

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LAKE WORTH, Fla. – Officials say they still don't know who sent a "zombie alert" to residents of a Florida city following a power outage.

Lake Worth spokesman Ben Kerr said an independent investigation is underway to determine who was behind the message sent to some 7,880 customers during a 27-minute power outage Sunday.

During the city's own investigation, Kerr said officials determined that no current or former employees edited the pre-prepared message to include the warning of a zombie invasion.

He told the Palm Beach Post that "no one was fired for it."

Kerr said a hacking issue came up during Hurricane Irma last September, but that issue was dealt with quickly. He added that officials thought they got to all the messages, "but it turns out there was one hiding in the system."