Accidental alert puts two Lexington schools on lockdown

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Two Lexington high schools temporarily went on lockdown Friday afternoon after receiving an alert warning.

Fayette County Emergency Management says it happened at around 1 p.m. while the agency was doing an internal training exercise and there was an equipment malfunction.

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That sent an “intruder alert” to Henry Clay High School and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

The agency says other organizations may have received alert beacons and sirens.

Emergency management officials say they realized what was happening and cancelled the alert a few minutes after it went off.

Fayette County Public Schools says the alert was sent out and cancelled “very quick.”

Officials say they are looking into the cause of the malfunction.