Emergency director: Monday night alarm not emergency siren

Published 9:00 am Tuesday, February 1, 2022

A loud sound heard by residents in a Brookhaven neighborhood Monday evening does not appear to have been one of the city’s emergency sirens.

When several residents in the Storm Avenue area reported hearing the alarm sound beginning around 7:45 p.m., Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Chris Reid responded. The sound had stopped by a few minutes past 8 p.m.

Reid examined the tornado sirens that could have been heard in that area and found no evidence of malfunction, or that they had activated. No one in the immediate vicinity of the sirens heard them sound, Reid said.

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Brookhaven Police Department dispatchers and officers said a few business or residential alarms had sounded around that same time, according to the emergency director, and were possibly the source of the sound.

“I can’t say for certain, but it seems to be that’s what was heard by the people who reported hearing the siren or alarm,” said Reid.