Rumors swirled, conspiracies popped up, people began panic buying and many couldn’t reach 911 after someone shot up critical fiber optic cables in a remote area of Arizona

Within minutes of losing cellphone and internet service, residents in a remote swath of Arizona were quick to come up with theories about why.

“I think it’s the government. I don’t trust them,” said one resident in the tiny town of Eagar, a four-hour drive northeast of Phoenix on the Arizona-New Mexico state line.


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