Copper Theft Silences Tornado Siren

About ten of Hinds County's 60 warning sirens did not work during Friday's storms. Emergency Management Director Larry Fisher says in most cases, it's a repair issue that causes the failure, but it was copper thieves who put lives in danger by disabling one warning siren north of Watkins Drive and Beasley Road, near Fire Station 21.

Fisher says thieves stripped away about $13 worth of copper, rendering the device useless.

"Needless to say, now we're going to have to get a contractor to go in and replace the meter base, the electric service and copper wiring as well," Fisher said.

He estimates the repairs will cost about $200. It's not clear when the thieves took the siren's copper.