Malfunction Causes Emergency Warning Siren to Go Off in Richmond

By: Helene Goupil - Tue, 12 Apr 2011 10:32:20 -0800

RICHMOND (KRON) – Crews are investigating what kind of malfunction caused an emergency warning siren to go off Tuesday morning for approximately half an hour in Richmond, KRON 4’s Will Tran reports.

The siren, located at Regatta Boulevard and South 32nd Street, started going off at about 7:10 a.m.

Emergency dispatchers received numerous telephone calls from worried residents.

The siren was deactivated at about 7:45 p.m.

Katherine Hern, the county's community warning system manager said there are 17 sirens in Richmond and 42 throughout the county, she said.

"When things like this do happen, the first thing people should do is turn on the radio, turn on the TV ... and stay off the phone because if there had been an emergency we would have been trying to call them to tell them what happened," Hern said.

If there had been a danger, she said, residents would have received an automated phone call telling them what to do.

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