Even infrastructure has to let loose sometimes.
Around 6:10 a.m., Minneapolis’s civil defense sirens all went off at once, jolting much of the citizenry out of bed and to their windows—where they found clear skies, empty roads, and a distinct overall lack of emergency.
“It confused people, [and] caused a flood of 9-1-1 calls to the Minnesota State Patrol Dispatch,” reports ABC 5 Minnesota, who attributed the mistake to “a software malfunction.”
Minneapolis tornado siren works then eh?— Scott Ryan (@Scotty2390) April 12, 2016
As the Minneapolis Star Tribune detailed at the time, the city upgraded its emergency warning system in 2014, adding a dozen new sirens and enabling digital activation for the whole shebang.
Because it is “Severe Weather Awareness Week” in Minnesota, residents should expect to hear their favorite wake-up call again on Thursday afternoon at 1:45, just in time for siesta.
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