Emergency siren, alerts ‘human error’
Washington University’s emergency system was accidentally triggered by “human error” at around 10:36 this morning, causing sirens to erroneously sound.
Minutes later, after the emergency sirens had stopped sounding and the all-clear siren had sounded as well, students received WUSTLAlert messages alerting them that the earlier emergency was over and that all was clear.
“It was human error,” a spokesperson from WUPD said. “It was just an accident.”
Chief of Police Don Strom could not be reached for comment.
“Initially I thought it was a fire alarm I guess, but then I realized that it could be anything. I really didn’t know what to think,” sophomore Andrew Schoer said. “By the time I got to the website, the all-clear [audio announcement] came. And so it wasn’t too scary.”
With additional reporting by Sadie Smeck.
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