On the weekend, Pickering's Nuclear Alert had Torontonians waking up in a state of panic. The alert, which only applied to people within 10 kilometres of the station, stated firmly that there had been "no abnormal release of radioactivity from the station." Of course, that did little to stop people from panicking and ordering a bunch of anti-radiation pills that they didn’t need.\nBetween when the alert was released and when it was reported to be an error, the safety website Prepare to be Safe, which according to CTV is managed by the Region of Durham, the City of Toronto and Ontario Power Generation, became flooded with online orders for KI pills, a drug that helps protect the body from radiation.\nThe nuclear safety website reported that more than 30,000 orders were placed online for potassium iodide or KI pills in the aftermath of the botched emergency alert.\nOf course, once Ontarians did become aware that the signal was sent out by mistake, memes of the incident began flooding into Twitter, and all was right in the GTA again\n“Between January 12 and 13, there have been 32,388 orders placed for potassium iodide pills through the Prepare to Be Safe website,” OPG Media Director Neal Kelly explained in an email to CTV.\nLike many of you, I was very troubled to have received that emergency alert this morning. While I am relieved that there was no actual emergency, I am upset that an error such as this occurred. I have spoken to the Province, and am demanding that a full investigation take place.— Mayor Dave Ryan (@mayordaveryan) January 12, 2020\n“Typically, there are between 100-200 orders per month.”\nIt’s also worth noting that Toronto residents within 10-kilometres of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station do receive KI pills automatically in the mail free of charge.\nImportant update: the alert regarding #Pickering Nuclear was sent in error. There is no danger to the public or environment.— Ontario Power Gen (@opg) January 12, 2020\nHowever, residents outside the 10-kilometre zone, but within the 50-kilometre range are also eligible for free KI pills, but they have to be ordered online.\nSo, it is unclear how many people were actually paying for the pills in response to the accidental alert.\nOntario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones later noted that Ontario Power Generation had nothing to do with the text that people received.\nIt was reported that the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre had accidentally sent it out while performing a routine training exercise.