Siren false alarms reveal bigger installation problemsUPDATED 9:58 PM HST Sep 13, 2013Video Transcript
The false alarms revealed a bigger installation problem. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa has the latest developments. nats siren It's the kind of sound that makes you sit straight up in bed.. The civil defense siren at Pearl City Recreational center was blaring... Just after one in the morning. Jennifer Fetui - Pearl City resident 534 I GOT WORRIED BECAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF KIDS SO WAIT FOR IT AGAIN TURN ON THE RADIO CHECK THE TV IF THERE'S ANYTHING SO MORE WORRIED I GOT 545 KC Koburn 1618 I TOLD MY HUSBAND I WONDERED IT WAS FRIDAY THE 13TH THAT SOMEONE HACKED THE SYSTEM AND THOUGHT IT WOULD BE AN APPROPRIATE DAY TO SHOW THEY COULD DO IT 1627 Turns out it was hacked... Sort of... By ants that swarmed inside the system and interfered with the controls. As Friday the 13th luck would have it.. A siren malfunctioned on Maui as well... Civil defense workers have a remote control ... And pressed CANCEL. More bad luck... Thanks to a bad installation job, the OFF button was actually the ON button .. So 16 more started wailing, plus one on Molokai. IT CAUSES THEM TO SOUND FOR 5 SECONDS THEN THE SOUND WINDS DOWN 214 The sirens were updated last month as part of the 2.75 million dollar project to upgrade 342 sirens statewide. Now the upgrade needs and update. George Burnett- State Civil Defense 143 ALL OF THEM HAVE A SPECIAL CONTROL BOARD THAT HAS AN OPTION WITH A JUMPER THAT COULD BE REPLACED OR REMOVED THAT JUMPER SHOULD HAVE BEEN REMOVED WHEN THEY WERE INSTALLED 153 Civil defense says all of the faulty sirens will be reconfigured soon. Nana Ohkawa KITV4 News. The cause as to why the first Maui siren went off is still being investigated. An electrician is being sent out on Monday to fix the 16 sirens.