Reading’s AWE’s lightning siren sends residents panicking

A SIREN ringing out from an automatic weapons factory facility prompted intrigue this morning.

The so-called ‘lightning siren’ at AWE in Aldermaston rang out intermittently between 9.45am and 10.30am.

AWE – Atomic Weapons Establishment – is responsible for maintaining the United Kingdom’s nuclear warhead stockpile.

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The facility – nestled between Reading and Basingstoke – provides government research, design and manufacture warheads.

The secretive site handles high explosives and radioactive substances under “carefully controlled conditions”, according to its website.

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And that might be why residents were a little spooked this morning to hear sirens ringing out.

Burghfield Community page said the siren was a ‘lightning’ alarm to warn of incoming stormy weather.

AWE has been contacted for comment.

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One woman replied:”Thank god that’s all it is – I was about to get tooled up in my radiation suit.”

Another added: “Glad to hear this – wasn’t expecting the thunder just as I’d finished hanging the washing out.”

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