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Cutting cell service during an attack

ALBANY -- If Mondays bombings were in fact detonated by way of cell phones, University at Albany terrorism expert, Rick Matthews, told me jamming cell phones can prevent detonation. According to Matthews, in these cases the bomb is detonated through the earjack and headphones. When the phone is called, the ringing causes an electrical charge, which detonates the bomb. Jerome Hauer from the New York State Division of Homeland Security told me that he can't think of an example where law enforcement has asked cell phone providers to shut off service, but it would be a last resort.

"That is a double edged sword. If you shut it down you lose your ability to communicate with people like if you have to do an evacuation. If you have to get messages to people to stay in doors, because you might have an active shooter. So we tend to stay away from that you are taking away one of the legs," said Hauer.

 
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