Lafayette emergency sirens inadvertently activated

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LAFAYETTE, Colo. — Just hours after tornado sirens in Adams, Arapahoe and Denver counties were activated very purposefully, sirens in the city of Lafayette were apparently activated inadvertently.

If that weren’t enough to give residents a jolt, the time of the inadvertent activation — 3:07 a.m. — may have done the trick.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the sirens had been mistakenly activated later Thursday morning, saying the alarms blared for about eight minutes before authorities became aware of the mistake and took measures to shut them off.

“We are working to determine the cause of the errant activation and apologize for the inconvenience to the residents who were awakened by the sirens,” Boulder County Sheriff’s spokesperson Heidi Prentup wrote in a release.

Prentup indicated the sirens began sounding shortly after a pager notification for an unrelated police operation, but could not confirm if that was the reason for the inadvertent activation.

Several Lafayette residents reported hearing the sirens, including Raman Sinha, who first took to Twitter at 3:15 a.m.

Emergency sirens were appropriately activated in Adams, Arapahoe and Denver counties throughout the afternoon Wednesday, as hail fell and several tornadoes touched down in the area.

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