Hawaii officials mistakenly warn of inbound missile

Sergio Conner
January 14, 2018

A quick message with no explanation had them counting down the minutes before an attack.

Pettigrew said people began calling their loved ones.

Do you know anyone who received the alert in Hawaii yesterday?

Miyagi said Saturday that if the alert is sent in the "actual event", there will be 12-14 minutes before the impact.


This text message turned out to be a mistake.

"We got our children, grabbed our emergency supplies, put them in our most enclosed room in our house which is our bathroom".

"Heck of a wakeup call", said Mary Ann Van Curen. "I was like, 'This is pretty insane.' And then I was just bawling because I have my kids, I have my mom here, I'm not prepared at all".

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After the false alarm, Hawaiian lawmakers tweeted about the event, noting the seriousness of it, and explaining how a false alarm of this nature is unacceptable-especially in a time of heightened tensions between the US and North Korea.

"He said turn on the news and I was like "Why?" said Van Curen".

Tyler Van Hoosier is stationed in Hawaii.

"I thought to myself, it must be someone's last day at work or someone got extremely upset at a superior and basically did this as a practical joke", he said. "You can't really hide", Van Curen said.

Ige also apologised for the "the pain and confusion it caused" while promising to undertake a whole review of the HI-EMA operational procedure. People were running and searching for safety. There's no shelter to go to. That's one hell of a mistake to make'. When we spoke with Jennifer, she still hadn't learned anything following the false alarm message. "It won't happen again because the criticality of the time in this kind of event and the credibility of this alarm going off is critical for us saving lives. It can happen", said Austin. The emergency notification he saw shocked him.

It is an unshakable reminder that tomorrow is not promised.

Locals with ties to Hawaii were terrified.

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