Malfunctioning sirens in Dallas made residents think the apocalypse really was upon them. As if people weren’t on edge enough already after the news of the U.S. bombing Syria and Russia getting pretty angry about the whole thing, Dallas residents were woken up around midnight to the eery sound of sirens.
Want to know what the end of the world sounds like? Here it is.
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For a while, it was unclear what was going on and people were really getting anxious. Dallas officials eventually announced that this was a malfunction (although they’re still pinning down the cause of the malfunction.) But residents said they could hear helicopters circling overhead and it made them wonder… Could it be a drill? Escaped zombies? The circling helicopters made everything seem, well, unsettling to say the least:
Why would the FBI comment and helicopters be flying around for malfunctioning tornado sirens? #Sirens
— REL (@kxngREL) April 8, 2017
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— Darlene Turner (@Darlene26811165) April 8, 2017
Oh, and guess what? Some people said they heard sirens in Houston too:
Meanwhile, Dallas assured residents that there was nothing to worry about. It was just a system malfunction of the City of Dallas’s siren system and it was not an emergency, the Office of Emergency Management shared. But for some reason, they couldn’t get those darn sirens turned off.
System malfunction with City of Dallas siren system. Crews working to fix. No emergency. Please do NOT call 911. Thank you.
— DallasOEM (@DallasOEM) April 8, 2017
But still, some people were not convinced and thought maybe they were testing the system in case there was retaliation for Syria:
@DallasOEM Malfunction?! I'm thinking its testing for the retaliation.
— Jennifer (@JenMFFL) April 8, 2017
So Dallas released an official statement about it.
Tonight the City of Dallas is experiencing a malfunction in sirens throughout the City. Fire dispatch crews are manually shutting off the sirens and a complete shutdown could take up to three hours. “We ask Dallas residents to be patient with us as we figure out what is causing this malfunction and we request that people not call 911 to report the sirens.” … We will report the cause of the malfunction as soon as that information is available.”
If you’re having trouble with anxiety, maybe this can help:
— Marco Castillo (@MarcoCasti98) April 8, 2017
Meanwhile, some residents were ready for this moment:
Oh, and by the way, if you’re wondering why tornado sirens sound so much like nuclear raid sirens… Well, according to Wikipedia these are actually Civil Defense Sirens to provide emergency warning of approaching danger. They were initially designed to warn about air raids in World War II, then were adapted to warn of nuclear attack, and then adapted to warn of tornados and other natural disasters.
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— Post Apocalyptic (@PostApocalypt) April 8, 2017