Due to a malfunction, warning beacons and sirens were set off around 1 p.m., notifying facilities to what was described as an “intruder alert.” The malfunction was recognized immediately by Emergency Management staff, who issued an alert cancellation notice within a few minutes after the false alert was transmitted.
“We have several systems within Lexington Emergency Management that serve to warn residents of threats and community emergencies,” said Patricia Dugger, Lexington Emergency Management Director. “We regularly train internally with these systems and today’s false alert was cancelled as soon as we knew it had been erroneously transmitted – that was within a few minutes.”
Public Safety Acting Commissioner Geoff Reed said the incident will be thoroughly investigated by police, representatives of Emergency Management and Enhanced 911.
Lexington’s outdoor warning system was also activated. That activation was cancelled quickly as well.