Fire drill shuts down state's email, websites

The State of Oklahoma says a fire drill tripped the state's data center, causing a shut down that could last six hours.

According to the state, the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) was working with a contractor on a routine fire alarm test Friday afternoon. During the test, a switch was flipped and knocked out power to the state data center, causing an outage to the state's websites and email servers.

The state says it is conducting a complete re-boot of the system and it is expected to last 4-6 hours. OMES expects the system to be back up and running at full capacity after business hours.

The fire alarm was routine and a proactive measure to prevent damage to the data center, according to the state.