Emergency warning sirens accidentally sound on Oahu, Maui, Molokai

Published: Sep. 13, 2013 at 8:28 AM HST|Updated: Sep. 13, 2013 at 8:49 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - [Update 4:50 p.m.]

The early morning sounding of the siren located at Pearl City District Park was caused by an insect infestation. State Civil Defense technicians addressed the issue and verified that the siren is operational.

A separate event this morning resulted in 14 sirens sounding on Maui and Molokai. The cause was traced to improper setup of control boards used on older mechanical sirens. The setup of the control boards for the Maui County mechanical sirens caused them to sound for a short period when a cancellation command was sent through the system. No other Statewide Outdoor Warning Sirens were impacted by this issue.

Contractors on Maui inspected four of the affected sites and made the necessary changes. The siren manufacturer's representative will correct the issue on the 10 remaining sirens next week.

"In Hawaii we all associate the Statewide Outdoor Warning Sirens with emergencies," said Doug Mayne, Vice Director of Civil Defense. "We regret the disturbance and any anxiety caused by the unintentional sounding of the siren in Pearl City and the sirens on Maui and Molokai this morning. I would like to reassure the public that emergency siren activation will not happen without an accompanying Emergency Alert System message."

[Original story posted below]

Hawaii State Civil Defense officials have confirmed that the emergency warning sirens that sounded overnight on Oahu, Maui and Molokai were accidental and that there is no alert at this time.

State officials say one emergency siren alarm was triggered twice in the Pearl City area, and another went off in the Lahaina area on Maui. Authorities say that when they tried to deactivate the Lahaina alarm, they inadvertently triggered all of the sirens on Maui and Molokai.

Several viewers emailed and sent Facebook messages to Hawaii News Now, saying that the sirens in Pearl City went off at approximately 1:15 a.m. and stopped at around 1:24 a.m. on Friday.

Again, authorities say there is no alert and that the sirens were false alarms. They are currently looking into what caused the sirens to go off in the first place.

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