Residents of central Israel woke up in panic and confusion after a code red siren, usually used to alert before rocket landings, was sounded by mistake.

Central Israel

Central Israel Photo credit: Miriam Alster, Flash 90/Channel 2 News

Residents of the Gush Dan area, which includes Tel Aviv and other cities in Israel’s center, heard a code red siren early Thursday morning. A few minutes later, the IDF announced it was a false alarm.

The siren went off around 3 a.m. and caused stress and panic among many Israelis. “I woke up in fear and I didn’t know what was going on,” said a resident of Tel Aviv. “I checked online to see if anything had happened, and then I got text messages from friends who also heard it.”

A resident of the nearby Ramat Gan said, “After the reports of the strike in Syria, it was very frightening to hear a siren in the middle of the night. But we realized fairly quickly that nothing had really happened.”