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So what happened to the car locks in Vegas?

Nevada Las Vegas 2004

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#1 Shoshana

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 02:07 AM



Even in a town where the lovestruck can select from a roster of Elvis lookalikes to marry them at 4am, what happened three weeks ago in Las Vegas was pretty strange, even by the locals' standards. Late on the morning of February 21 - nobody is too precise about the exact time, initial location, or actual identity of the first caller - someone rang a locksmith and complained the remote-control locking system on the caller's late-model car was refusing to respond. The old-fashioned key, linked to the same circuitry, wouldn't work either, so could the locksmith send over a technician to fix whatever had gone wrong?

A couple of minutes later, another locksmith's phone rang. Different caller. Same problem.

By the end of the day, the best estimate is that police, fire brigade, locksmiths, car dealerships and tow-truck services had received at least 200 calls from motorists, and many who are still puzzling over the February 21 incident put the figure as high as five times that.

I have seen 3 or 4 articles about this but it's really low key. And strange. Ya'll heard anything?

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News reports of a similar phenomenon several years ago in Washington state suggested the outages were linked to the arrival of military aircraft carriers to Bremerton.

In March 2001, the keyless entry failures began at the same time the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson returned to Bremerton. Then in April of that year, the outages began one day after the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

#2 Kevin Street

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 04:29 AM

Don't know what caused it, but this is fascinating! :D
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#3 Smitty


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Posted 10 March 2004 - 06:57 AM

You know what's near Las Vegas?

Groom Lake AKA Area 51.

Somebody call Art Bell.




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Posted 10 March 2004 - 09:17 AM

The Bremerton example makes me wonder if a radar or other powerful transmitter was operating that happened to jam the locks.  That said it is curious why it didn't also take out half the TVs, PCs, and other electronic equipment in town.  You want a riot sometime sail a Tico into San Diego and then crank the SPY-1 radar up to full power. ;)
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#5 the 'Hawk

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 10:38 AM

This sounds like a crime scene.

Wait--- people *can't* get into other peoples' cars?

No. That's not a crime scene.

Although you just know Grissom and the crew are going to have this come up in some episode next season.

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#6 Shalamar


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Posted 10 March 2004 - 10:46 AM

You know I read both links last night, but didn't post a comment but I was certain that one of the links mentioned a phone call to Art Bell...

and it's interesting to note that Nellis was at the time 'ramping up' for Red Flag...could something have had a output spike?
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Posted 10 March 2004 - 01:01 PM

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