Hawaii Alert of ‘Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound’ Sends Residents Into Panic, But Proves to Be False Alarm

Hawaiians were sent into a state of panic after an emergency alert of a “ballistic missile threat inbound” flashed across mobile screens on Saturday.

The mobile alert was as follows:


The false emergency alert attributed to U.S. Pacific Command also flashed on a ticker during a soccer broadcast.

Another false emergency alert flashed during a basketball game broadcast.

It indeed was not a drill, but it was a false alarm, as was clarified by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI):

The confirmation that were was no threat came from U.S. Pacific Command.

The alarming emergency alert prompted many to give sympathy to Hawaiians.

It is currently unknown what caused the false emergency alert. According to the LA Times:

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza said it was not immediately known what caused the false alarm but that the agency was trying to determine what happened.

Appearing on CNN in an interview, Rep. Gabbard attributed the fake emergency alert to an “inadvertent message” and a “mistake.’

As reported by NBC News, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) said that the mistake was “totally inexcusable.”

“The whole state was terrified,” he said. “There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process.”

This is breaking news, more information will be provided as forthcoming.

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