Kansas residents activate tornado sirens by phone

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - September 22, 2010

At first, officials suspected there was water on the phone lines or perhaps insects.

But The Hutchinson News reports the sirens are assigned local phone numbers and are activated when emergency workers dial those numbers.

A software glitch opened the lines to outside calls, and residents who mistakenly dialed those numbers activated the sirens.

Officials say they've fixed the problem by assigning new, secure phone numbers to the sirens.

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