Warning sirens for Illinois are scheduled to be tested Tuesday after being postponed due to severe weather

CHICAGO (CBS) — Outdoor warning sirens across Illinois will undergo their monthly test this Tuesday morning after being canceled last week.

The state's air raid sirens are tested on the first Tuesday of every month. However, last Tuesday the test was postponed due to severe weather conditions in the area at the time.

There were concerns that testing an air raid siren in the middle of a storm would have caused confusion, since tornado warnings are the most commonly used.

Although the most famous incident is not new, air raid sirens have caused confusion in Chicago before.

When the White Sox won the American League pennant in 1959, Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Quinn sounded Chicago's air raid sirens in celebration – sparking fear among some Chicagoans in the midst of the Cold War. According to a contemporary Associated Press report, people ran into the streets in their night clothes and looked anxiously at the sky.

The White Sox lost the World Series that year. However, the city's outdoor warning sirens didn't sound when the White Sox won the pennant and then the World Series in 2005 The city of Evanston sounded its sirens when the Cubs won the 2016 World Series.

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