W & M Siren Test Successful

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) – A second test of new sirens at the College of William and Mary was successful, two days after sirens designed to notify campus in case of an emergency failed to sound.

University spokesman Mike Connolly says the sirens blasted a 120-decibel alarm for one minute just before 11 a.m.

The sirens are supposed to alert the campus to check for emergency notifications sent via e-mail, text message, cell phone, telephone and the school's Web site.

On Monday, test notifications went out as planned, but two clusters of sirens that were supposed to blare at the same time did not go off.

School officials say technicians identified software and hardware problems that led to Monday's failure of the new $200,000 system.

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