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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Ballistic missile threat for Hawaii is false alarm

Posted By on Sat, Jan 13, 2018 at 2:27 PM


Hawaii Gov. David Ige says it was human error that caused an alert to go out a few hours ago to television, radio and cell phones in Hawaii: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL."

The alert went out shortly after 8 a.m. Hawaii time. The Hawaii Office of Emergency Management announced that it was a false alarm around ten minutes later, and a followup alert was sent to residents around 45 minutes later: "There is no missile threat or danger to the state of Hawaii. Repeat. False alarm."

"It was a mistake made during a standard procedure at the change over of a shift, and an employee pushed the wrong button," Ige told CNN.

The White House issued the following statement: "The President has been briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise. This was purely a state exercise."

Statement from Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki:

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