Siren startles farmers market

Sunday, August 21, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:37 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 5, 2008

A severe-weather warning siren blaring about 9:30 a.m. Saturday alarmed visitors and vendors at the Columbia Farmers’ Market off Clinkscales Road.

The siren apparently activated by itself, said Chuck Mastalski, shift supervisor for the Columbia/Boone County Public Safety Joint Communications Center.

“Every once in a while, once in a blue moon, these things start themselves up,” said Mastalski, whose office received several calls.

He said a crew from Columbia Water and Light went to the siren off West Broadway and, in essence, pulled the plug. It is being fixed, he said.

When at last the siren wound down, applause and cheers rose up at the farmers market and children unstopped their ears.

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