Faulty sirens sounded across state Friday morning

Published On: Sep 13 2013 08:46:00 AM HST


No danger of a tsunami or natural disaster was reported after residents across the state were awoken to malfunctioning emergency sirens in locations across Maui, Molokai and in Pearl City.

The first of the faulty sirens was believed to have sounded in Pearl City, on Kamehameha Highway near the police station, at 1:18 a.m. Friday.

Reports indicate that the initial siren lasted for about 5 - 10 minutes. Firefighters were called out to help address the faulty siren when it was said to have sounded again.

On Maui several sirens malfunctioned about an hour later.

Civil Defense reports that the various sirens across the Valley Isle falsely sounded between 2:15 - 3:15 a.m.

It is believed that a siren in Lahaina was the first to malfunction, and that when Civil Defense attempted to fix those sirens other sirens were triggered.

It is estimated that about a third of the sirens on Maui and Molokai sounded as a result of an attempt to cancel the tone at the West Maui location

A mechanical issue related to the recent upgrade of the siren system was identified as the culprit of the false alerts. Technicians were sent out to resolve the problem.

We will have more on this rude awakening on KITV 4 News at 5, 6 & 10 p.m.


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