Report: Most sirens worked during Hawaii warning test

A report on a Hawaii siren test that depicted international attention amid a North Korea missile threat shows that 28 sirens statewide played the wrong voice or had other technical problems.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency report says nearly 93 percentage of the state’s 386 sirens ran properly. Twelve mistakenly played an ambulance siren.

Hawaii re-introduced the Cold War-era cautioning sirens during a test earlier this month.

Spokesman Richard Rapoza says relevant agencies is aware people in Waikiki could barely hear it. He says all sirens in the tourist mecca functioned properly. Officers plan to reposition sirens and add more.

Another test will be done on Jan. 2. Rapoza says there will be a longer pause between the attack-warning sirens and a tone for natural disasters.

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