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Civil Defense: Insects started siren in Pearl City at 1:18 a.m.

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 03:02 a.m. HST, Sep 14, 2013


An insect infestation apparently caused Civil Defense sirens to sound at 1:18 a.m. Friday, while a mechanical issue apparently caused 14 other sirens on Maui and Molokai to sound at 2:15 a.m., state Civil Defense officials said in a news release.

"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," said Doug Mayne, the vice director of civil defense, in a news release. "I would like to assure the public that the emergency siren activation will not happen without an accompanying Emergency Alert System message."

The Pearl City siren and four sirens in Maui County were fixed and are operational. The other ten sirens will be fixed next week, officials said.

The control boards on the older mechanical sirens in Maui County were improperly setup, officials said. The improper setup apparently caused the sirens to sound for a short period when a cancellation command was sent through the system.






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GONEGOLFIN wrote:
I think this story is a sham. Truth be told it IS FRIDAY the 13th.OOOOOOOOO!!!!
on September 13,2013 | 06:11PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
UPSIDE: Better than bugs keeping the sirens from going off in a real emergency.
on September 13,2013 | 08:25PM
Grimbold wrote:
Not just their sirens get affected: I had to disconnect all my smoke alarms, because ants or other tiny insects kept starting the alarms. Bummer!
on September 14,2013 | 08:47AM
star08 wrote:
"I would like to assure the public that the emergency siren activation will not happen without an accompanying Emergency Alert System message." Huh? It just happened and he is assuring folks that it will not happen. There is no system that will replace your own smarts and awareness.
on September 14,2013 | 01:03AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
"The control boards on the older mechanical sirens in Maui County were improperly setup, officials said. The improper setup apparently caused the sirens to sound for a short period when a cancellation command was sent through the system." See I told u that American work was shoddy. Why not be like the Japanese, who passionately pursue perfection?
on September 14,2013 | 03:35AM
Kaneahi wrote:
What kind of insect?
on September 14,2013 | 07:04AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Dinosaur bug.
on September 14,2013 | 07:16AM
mikethenovice wrote:
That's what time I get up anyway. Thank to the Bug's Story.
on September 14,2013 | 07:15AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Infrastructure falling apart and the wealthy still don't want to pay more in taxes to maintain he equipment.
on September 14,2013 | 07:18AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Those must really some really high quality, well maintained sirens if a bug can short circuit them. Were they built by Ansaldo?
on September 14,2013 | 09:10AM
false wrote:
The bugs kept falling onto the circuit board since no safety railing.
on September 14,2013 | 01:30PM
paniolo wrote:
Civil Defense still has to "work the bugs out" in order for sirens to work efficiently.
on September 14,2013 | 09:18AM
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