HONOLULU (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hawaii emergency management officials say a push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii on Saturday was a mistake.
The emergency alert sent to cellphones said in all caps, “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza says it’s a false alarm.
Congresswoman took to Twitter to calm Hawaiians’ nerves.
“HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII,” she tweeted.
The state’s EMA is working to determine the cause of the false alarm.
The alert stirred panic for residents on the island and across social media.
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