- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City man is accused of making more than 30 fake calls to 911 in about a month.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Friday that 47-year-old Kenneth Campbell faces charges that include making a terroristic threat.

Prosecutors say the flurry of fake calls about bombs, gas, smoke, electrical and medical emergencies occurred between Feb. 12 and March 16. They say some calls were made from other people’s phones and a pay phone.

According to the criminal complaint, the defendant said he has a verbally abusive relative and “the sound of sirens calms him down.”

Brown notes that false 911 calls can place lives at risk by diverting rescuers from real emergencies.

There was no immediate information on an attorney who could comment on Campbell’s behalf.

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