Houstonians with AT&T couldn’t call 911 Wednesday, even though a few of them may have needed to make that call Associated Press
As coins slide down before her eyes, a German woman uses a new long distance dial telephone for public booths, July 17,1957.(AP Photo)

Those three little numbers we all know, but desperately hope we never have to dial, were playing hard to get Wednesday for a select few Houstonians.

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AT&T users around town and across the country reportedly were without 911 services for about two hours.

Houston authorities reported the outage around 8 p.m., and HPD Chief Art Acevedo was quick to tweet the long-form emergency services number: 713-884-3131.

Around 10 p.m., AT&T tweeted the issue was resolved.

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While no serious problems arose during the glitch, one Reddit user shared details of a crazy evening where a quick call to 911 could have made all the difference:


A few commentators had a few thoughts on KolyaVolk’s situation:

Definitely add that to the emergency number list on the fridge for the babysitter.

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