This is why sirens were going off in Hennepin County this morning


Note: This happened Tuesday, April 12 – if you're hearing sirens on the afternoon of Thursday, April 14, it's part of a planned statewide tornado drill.

If you live in Hennepin County, you may be wondering why tornado sirens were going off around 6:10 a.m. Tuesday.

It was a popular question on Twitter, because it's not Wednesday nor was it 1 p.m., when the sirens are typically tested during the spring and summer months.

KSTP Traffic tweeted that the State Patrol was "inundated" with 911 calls about the sirens.


But apparently there was no real emergency – it was a technical issue that affected just Hennepin County, according to the National Weather Service.


The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office explained a little more about what happened in a news release, saying the "outdoor warning sirens were inadvertently sounded" in Hennepin County around 6:10 a.m. when the system experienced a "momentary computer hardware malfunction" during the daily test to make sure it was working properly.

The system was repaired and is working normally, the release adds.


It is Severe Weather Awareness Week, but the sirens aren't being tested until Thursday at 1:45 p.m.


Once it was determined there was no real threat, people started to have their fun on Twitter, joking lizard people were taking over. And by 6:30 a.m., someone had created a parody Twitter account about the 6 a.m. siren.





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