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Published October 24, 2012, 09:21 PM

Sirens in Casselton sound for unknown reasons

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - There's a mystery Casselton no one can quite explain.

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - There's a mystery Casselton no one can quite explain.

People woke up to emergency sirens blaring awkwardly for more than 15 minutes straight for no apparent reason.

Imagine, you're sleeping peacefully, then all of the sudden, sirens are screaming.

It's guaranteed to jolt you awake.

When this happened in Casselton last night, about 10:30, it could've caused panic.

Richard Kjonaas never heard a sound like this before.

Richard Kjonaas, Casselton: "It was a low-pitched sound, like two tones."

Richard was walking around Casselton, when suddenly, emergency sirens started screaming.

Kjonaas: "Loud, it was really loud. The whole town heard it."

It sent the Public Works Supervisor rushing to the sirens, trying to figure out what went wrong.

Kevin Mayer, Casselton Public Works Supervisor: "It has a cancel option on it, and I hit it and it quit, and I thought it might be okay, then it started again."

Richard says these typically quiet streets instantly packed with people, confused by the alarm.

Kjonaas: "It looked like 5 o’ clock rush hour. People were out walking, standing on corners, wondering what was going on."

Public Works says crews are coming tomorrow to fix the problem. So far, there's no way to tell what caused the commotion.

So sirens are shut off for the time being.

Mayer: "If something does come up we will find a way to get the word out."

To Richard, being without the alert is no big deal. He says the town won't likely need the siren overnight.

Kjonaas: "This is the first time I've ever heard it. I didn't know Casselton had one.”

The Red River Valley Regional Dispatch Center says this isn't an isolated incident. Sirens went off in Moorhead on Sunday night, with no explanation. Crews are working on the problem.