Hawaii officials say missile alert was mistake

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

While the message caused concern on social media, the Hawaii Office of Emergency Management quickly responded on Twitter, saying, "NO missile threat to Hawaii".

Hawaii EMA sent a correction notification at 1:45 ET, 38 minutes after sending out its initial message.

Panic spread through the state of Hawaii on Saturday morning when residents received an alert on their phones warning of a ballistic missile threat that was accidentally sent out by Civil Defense. "Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill". "There is absolutely no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii right now", he said. "THIS IS NOT A DRILL", read the message, which also blared across Hawaiian televisions stations.

"My phone's blowing up right now", Nawrocki added.

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) tweeted, "I have confirmed with officials there is no incoming missile".

NORAD spokesman Lt. Commander Joe Nawroo said that they were trying to establish how the serious command and control error was made.

"There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii. Repeat. False alarm", the message said.

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