Emergency managers investigate why Marshfield tornado sirens sounded early Friday morning

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MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- A false alarm woke up and confused people in Marshfield early Friday morning.

The city's tornado sirens suddenly started blaring at around 2:45 a.m. County officials say no one triggered the alarm, and that some kind of equipment malfunction is to blame. A technician with the company that makes the siren system is in town working to figure out what went wrong.

People who live in Marshfield say it was a rude awakening, but that it didn't take them long to figure out they weren't in any danger.

"I kind of rolled over and asked my husband, 'Is that that tornado siren?'" says Carol Rhodes. "He said yes it is. We got up and went out on the porch and looked around and there wasn't nothing out there. We went back in the house and six, seven minutes or so it just shut off."

If Webster County residents hear a tornado siren going off when it doesn't seem like it should be, they can call the 911 center's non-emergency phone line to report the problem or get more information. That number is 417-859-3911.