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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Sirens sounded by accident

  • Outdoor severe weather warning sirens were sounded this morning in Leavenworth County. But it was a false alarm, according to an Emergency Management official.
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  • Outdoor severe weather warning sirens were sounded Monday morning in Leavenworth County. But it was a false alarm, according to an Emergency Management official.
    The sirens were activated by accident around 8:15 a.m. Monday, according to Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management.
    The sirens were triggered when the activation button was depressed during routine maintenance.
    "It happened off of a touch screen," Magaha said.
    He said the screen was being cleaned at the time.
    Magaha said all sirens in the county were activated. He said there are 41 sirens in the county.
    He was at a meeting at a fire station, where one of the sirens is located, when the system was triggered. He initially thought only the one siren had been set off. He learned the problem was countywide when his office began receiving phone calls.
    "My phone lit up," he said.
    He said the siren activation was canceled as soon as the phone calls started coming in.
    Magaha apologized for any inconvenience caused by the accidental activation.
    "It's not going to happen again," he said.

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