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Maui Civil Defense Siren Malfunction

September 13, 2013, 5:32 AM HST · Updated September 13, 12:29 PM
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Maui siren. File photo by Wendy Osher.

Maui siren. File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

***An update in which officials identify the cause of the malfunction is now posted at the following DIRECT LINK.

Officials with the Maui Civil Defense Agency on Maui reported a siren malfunction early this morning in various parts of the island.

The incident was reported between 2:15 and 3:15 a.m., and resulted in the sounding of audible tones across various sirens.

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Civil Defense officials say there was no emergency and crews are looking into the cause of the system malfunction.

When activated, the steady tone is used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life and property.

The Civil Defense Agency conducts a monthly siren test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system normally on the first working day of the month, in cooperation with Hawaiʻi’s broadcasting industry.

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