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.

The message was sent to mobile phone users.

Footage has also circulate from around the moment the false alert was sent out.

It prompted mass panic and terror.

This Hawaiian cop said "no one was prepared for this".

People shared the frantic texts and calls they received.

News anchor Sara Donchey woke up to these texts.

Motherboard reporter Sarah Emerson tweeted about the experience.

It was announced as a false alarm - but people remained bewildered and scared.

Many were left wondering how such a serious mistake could have happened.

The President of the United States somehow managed to keep it chill though.

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