False Alarm Update: Durham, Killen, Philadelphia


Substantially higher fees for false alarms and a new alarm permit fee will come into play Jan. 1 in Durham, N.C. The new fees were part of the city’s budget passed by the Durham City Council last summer.

Residential and commercial alarm owners will need to pay an annual $25 alarm permit fee after the first of the year ,according to The News & Observer.

After two “free” false alarms in a calendar year, a third and fourth false alarm will cost an alarm owner $100; the fifth and sixth $150; seventh and eighth $200; ninth, $250; and a tenth or more will incur a $300 fine.

The new fees are detailed at the city of Durham’s Web site.

In other false alarm news …

KILLEEN, Texas: The city council in the Central Texas city has approved a change in its alarm ordinance that hikes fines for excessive false alarms.

The revision, approved Oct. 11, raises the fine to $100 for each false alarm after a fourth within a year, according to television station KCEN.

Previously, Killeen charged a $50 fine for each false alarm after a sixth.

PHILADELPHIA: A false fire alarm wasn’t enough to get football fans watching the Philadelphia Eagles playing the San Diego Chargers to leave their seats.

A fire alarm went off at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field during the second half of the game eventually won by the Eagles. The alarm activated an announcement over the public address system urging fans to evacuate in an orderly fashion. However, the announcement was largely ignored and play continued on the field even with the alarm being heard throughout the stadium, according to television station NBC 10 in Philadelphia..

Head Referee Ron Winter conferred with a fire department official on the sideline, and it was quickly determined that the alarm was false and play in the game continued.

An Eagles spokesperson said the false alarm was caused by a drop in water pressure in the sprinkler system in the club level of the stadium.

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