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Outdoor Siren Warning System tested Wednesday

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Department of Emergency Management conducted its monthly Outdoor Siren Warning System on Wednesday.

The 45-second test was held 11:45 a.m. A live audio broadcast in conjunction with the Hawaii State Civil Defense also took place.

Residents and businesses in areas near Campbell Industrial Park, Honokai Hale, Makakilo, Kapolei Regional Park, Kapolei Golf Course and the Coast Guard Station at Kalaeloa may also have heard a "whooping" tone following the siren test.

"This whooping sound has a special distinctive sound. It's different than the normal sirens and the people who live in the neighborhood will become familiar with it. If they hear it [they should] immediately turn on [the] radio to find out what's happening," said George Burnett, State Civil Defense. "It may be caused by a chemical release that is causing some toxic fumes to be in the area."

The "whooping" tone is a test of the Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Incident outdoor siren warning group that will be activated in the event of a HAZMAT incident.

If the siren in your community did not sound or operate properly, please contact the DEM at (808) 723-8960.

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