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Charlotte, Iowa's Outdoor Warning Siren Malfunctions

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Residents in Charlotte, Iowa were woke up in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 10, 2013, to a false alarm from their outdoor warning siren.

Officials say the siren spontaneously activated multiple times from 1:20 to 1:40 a.m., but there was no danger of severe weather or any other emergency at the time.

Emergency Management shut off power to the siren at 2:00 a.m. so no other malfunctions could occur.

According to the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency, the cause of the malfunction was a short in the manual activation button due to moisture.

They say the button has been disconnected, but the siren is operational and is still able to be remotely activated.

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