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Highway patrol says alert referencing Gotham City, Joker’s car sent in error

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

A public emergency alert that included a description matching the Joker's car and referenced Gotham City, Missouri, was sent out accidentally Tuesday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

The alert went out to cellphones in Missouri a little before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

"GOTHAM CITY MO PURPLE/GREEN 1978 DODGE 3700 GT UKIDME" the alert read, with a link to the patrol's public alerts Twitter page. The patrol tweeted soon after the errant alert went out that it was meant to be an internal test message.

"THERE WAS NO ALERT," the patrol tweeted.

Patrol spokesman Capt. John Hotz said the agency was looking into how the alert was sent to the public.

A follow-up alert was sent saying the previous alert was a test and that the "blue alert" has been canceled. Public safety agencies issue blue alerts when a law enforcement officer has been killed, hurt or is in danger and a suspect is on the run.

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Matthew Sanders is the digital content director at ABC 17 News.

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