False Alarm

Approximately 80 Oakbrook Terrace police officers responded to a ComEd office building after a 911 caller reported shots fired. It turned out the caller heard a fire alarm while talking to a ComEd worker, and heard the commotion, mistaking the noise for a shooting. (Credit: CBS)

Mistaken Report Of Shots Fired Prompts Massive Response In West Suburbs

A misunderstanding on the phone led to a massive police response at a ComEd office building in Oakbrook Terrace on Tuesday.


CTA Train (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

False Alarm About Suspicious Package Shuts Down Part Of Blue Line

The Forest Park branch of the Blue Line was shut down along its westernmost stretch Friday morning, for a report of a suspicious package that turned out to be a false alarm.

CBS Chicago–10/07/2011

Carleton Washburne School

‘Butt Dial’ Blamed For Error That Sent SWAT Team

It turns out that a false alarm at a Winnetka school that prompted a SWAT team response was actually the result of a “butt dial.”

CBS Chicago–01/05/2011

A member of a SWAT team. (Credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

SWAT Sent To Winnetka School During ‘False Alarm’

A “false alarm” sent a SWAT team to North Shore school Monday evening after the wife of a school employee called police thinking her husband was being held hostage by a man with a gun.