Tornado sirens accidentally sound in Arlington, Lakeland

Tornado sirens accidentally sound in Arlington, Lakeland

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Tornado sirens blared in the Lakeland and Arlington area Monday night.

"I looked out and there wasn't anything going on so I did not worry about it because it was quiet pretty soon," said resident Toni Bagaglio. "Really wasn't on that long."

The emergency siren warning of a tornado or other severe weather was accidentally activated by a dispatcher.

"The dispatcher simply made a mistake," explained Shelby County Fire Chief Alvin Benson. "She was trying to make a correction on a computer screen and accidentally it sounded the sirens. It was noted right away."

Benson says worried residents started calling to find out what was going on.

"My immediate reaction was there must be some sort of storm coming through," said one resident.

Some people thought the sirens were being tested, but that happens on Wednesday afternoons.

Benson says if there is severe weather, the sirens sound for longer than a few minutes.

"We're taking steps to ensure that it can't happen again," said Benson. "Taking the human element out of that piece. They're going to put some safeguards in place."

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