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Sioux Falls Fire Rescue receive false alarm reports

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Published: Jul. 29, 2016 at 6:05 PM CDT
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Reporting a false alarm could cost you $2,000.

It's a Class 1 misdemeanor that could also result in one year in a county jail. Reporting a false alarm that results in a serious injury or death is a Class 5 felony, which could result in five years of imprisonment in the state penitentiary. In addition, a fine of $10,000 may be imposed.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue announced receiving several false emergency reports as a result of prank phone calls to businesses.

According Fire Marshal Dean Lanier, businesses and citizens are not contacted by phone to initiate building evacuation. Fire alarm companies also do not contact businesses and instruct them to initiate a fire alarm.

For more information from Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, visit www.siouxfalls.org/fire