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Honolulu police training exercise led to false emergency warning sirens on Oahu, Maui

A Honolulu police training exercise “mistakenly activated” emergency warning sirens at 5:05 p.m. today on Oahu and Maui.

The sirens were heard mostly on Oahu from Kailua, Kakaako and Waikiki to as far as Ewa Beach. Mayor Kirk Caldwell said in a 5:45 p.m. tweet today that one siren on Maui possibly sounded.

The City and County of Honolulu sent out a message at 5:14 p.m. that a false emergency warning activation had occurred, followed by messages from Twitter by various agencies.

A message from the city read: “City’s Department of Emergency Management is aware of a siren or sirens sounding in the #Kakaako area at about 5:10 p.m. this evening and is investigating. THERE IS NO REASON TO BE ALARMED.

A tweet from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency came at 5:19 p.m.: “Mistaken siren sounding by Honolulu Police Department. NO EMERGENCY at this time.”

The Honolulu Police Department did not post an update on social media regarding the incident as of 6 p.m.

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