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An official alert about an incoming ballistic missile sent Hawaii into panic on Saturday until it was declared a false alarm.
Amid increased tensions with North Korea, the rogue nuclear state which has said it can reach US territories with a nuclear-armed missile, residents received this message:
BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
State governor David Ige said the message was sent when an employee press the wrong button, and the FCC has since launched an investigation.
UPDATE: Hawaiian Gov. David Ige says state accidentally sent out an imminent missile alert because "an employee pus… https://t.co/HJLA6atEUG — Gizmodo (@Gizmodo)
I’m in a parking lot in Waimea, Hawaii right now and everyone’s phones are buzzing with a warning about an incoming… https://t.co/ghmlBY1Muo — David Wolman (@David Wolman)
Hawaiians receive emergency text warning of ballistic missile threat but officials later say it was a mistake… https://t.co/tD5d13awQ4 — ⓄⓋⓁⓄⓋ (@ⓄⓋⓁⓄⓋ)
Students at University of Hawaii at Manoa panicking after missile threat was issued #hawaii https://t.co/NfDkt1L5TQ — Joe Walker (@Joe Walker)
Pt 2. Students at University of Hawaii at Manoa panicking after missile threat was issued https://t.co/7vO0n2qndf — Joe Walker (@Joe Walker)
@RegiBrittain I’m still shaking. My husband ran around closing windows (against radiation); I filled water containe… https://t.co/P0o2RmL1Kf — Nancy Christenson (@Nancy Christenson)
My friend, a mother: "I had a full blown panic attack and was calling family telling them goodbye." — Gene Park (@Gene Park)
There was an Emergency alert for a missile threat in Hawaii around 8 am Hawaii time. My mom texted me around that s… https://t.co/LeAc00PGQL — ♡ KIᗰ ↑% (@♡ KIᗰ ↑%)
My son texted me from Hawaii. It was a simple text. “ I love you” but I knew something was up. I googled #hawaii and almost lost my mind. 😳 — Orpheus Black (@Orpheus Black)
This was my phone when I woke up just now. I'm in Honolulu, #Hawaii and my family is on the North Shore. They were… https://t.co/PNzlvH18sz — Sara Donchey (@Sara Donchey)
HAWAII - THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO… https://t.co/DHX6WTLe7d — Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@Tulsi Gabbard 🌺)
In a basement under hotel. Barely any service. Can you send confirmed message over radio or tv https://t.co/qHLeQSecnd — JJ Spaun (@JJ Spaun)
@Hawaii_EMA Can y’all give some more details on this? Why was this message sent? Was there a missile but it veered… https://t.co/apmKz7LNXI — Pris Blossom🍁🌙✨ (@Pris Blossom🍁🌙✨)
Saw soccer parents running off the field in fear; my boys & nieces are still very shaken. As parents, we could use… https://t.co/puQdUWBRjE — Jill N. Tokuda (@Jill N. Tokuda)
At 8:07am everyone in Hawaii got a phone alert: BALLISTIC THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS… https://t.co/rQto1fyaND — brynguist (@brynguist)
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