Hawaii emergency officials say an alert of a ballistic missile threat is a false alarm. The alert caused a panic when it went to people’s cellphones Saturday morning but, shortly after, authorities said it was a mistake.
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Rapoza says it’s not clear what caused the alert to go out.
The alert stated there was a threat “inbound to Hawaii” and for residents to seek shelter and that “this is not a drill.”
LATEST: USPACOM says they have “detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii. Earlier message was sent in error. State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible.” pic.twitter.com/oIwb5LotmJ
— ABC News (@ABC) January 13, 2018
In this day and time, these type of ERRORS can be more than UNSETTLING to say the least. Hawaiian officials in November said they were reinstating air raid warning sirens because of rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.
The Pentagon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.