Fake Facebook Tornado Warning Leaves Butler County Officials Upset

CBS Pittsburgh

BUTLER COUNTY (KDKA) — A Facebook post about a “fake” tornado warning had emergency officials in Butler County very upset today.

Their fear was that people wouldn’t realize it was fake, and would panic.

Butler county emergency services officials said the person behind this Facebook post is a 17-year-old young man who is not associated with the county in any way, shape or form. The post was immediately removed as soon as he saw the problems it was causing.

Steven Bicehouse, the Director of Emergency Servies in Butler County, said this type of fake message could induce a lot of unnecessary panic in the community.

“It was a drill they very similarly did from NWS in Chicago trying to find out how far social media page reached out into the community in disaster situation,” Bicehouse said. “When we do drills we follow a specific set of rules. We make sure…

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