There was not a tornado in Minneapolis this morning. There was not a tornado outside Minneapolis this morning.
But we can confirm reports of a flurry of confused, startled, and annoyed residents who woke up to the goddamn siren blaring away right around 6 a.m.
It seems like the whole thing was just a bit of faulty scheduling. Hennepin County Emergency Management attempted to explain the noisy mishap with a Facebook post saying it had heard "reports" that the sirens were going off. (How could they have heard reports the siren was going off over the noise of the goddamn siren going off?)
"To our knowledge at this point," the emergency management team wrote, "activation was a mistake and we are looking into why. We will post an update as soon as we have more information. Thank you for your patience."
As it turns out, not everyone was so patient. A bunch of people met the news with some what-fresh-hell tweets, asking 1) if they were really in danger, and, alternatively, 2) who they could blame for losing their last hour-plus of sleep.
Minneapolis, why is the tornado siren going off at 6:10am with no cloud in sight?
Ever mess up the am/pm on your alarm? I think Minneapolis just did that with their tornado siren drill.— Daniel Warner⚽ (@danwarner_) April 12, 2016
Heard the siren but I guess there's no tornado? Way to freak out the Arizonan, #Minneapolis. I'm fully awake now— Keisha Josephs (@iheartlang) April 12, 2016
As for the airborne siren? It's good. Working. Loud enough to wake people up in case of an emergency. Everyone is aware. Thanks.
For those fortunate folks who missed their 6:10 wakeup call, have a listen at what one of these things sounds like in action.
We will update with more information once the ringing in our ears goes down.
UPDATE: County management services are saying the unnecessary noise can probably be blamed on a "software issue which in turn activated the sirens." Does this mean there's no one you can ask to have publicly shamed for waking you up?