Hawaii emergency officials say alert of ballistic missile threat was mistake

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Hawaii emergency officials say an alert of a ballistic missile headed toward Hawaii was a false alarm.

A crisis ready notice conveyed on Saturday asserting a "ballistic rocket danger inbound to Hawaii" was a false alert, as indicated by the Hawaii Office of Emergency Management and a tweet from one of the state's Democratic congresswomen.

The alert went out at a little after 8 AM Hawaiian time, appearing on phones as an emergency services popup and broadcast on TV as a detailed warning of how to seek shelter. Repeating, the Warning Message received this morning does not depict a real missile threat.

"I can't believe if someone pushed the wrong button accidentally that it would take 38 minutes to correct it", said U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, adding that her husband was on the highway when the alert was sent out and people started "driving 100 miles per hour". During the test, the THAAD weapon system successfully intercepted an air-launched intermediate-range ballistic missile target. "I have confirmed with officials there is no incoming missile".

The clearest explanation we've received so far is that this was "human error" and that the state was in the midst of conducting a drill when the error was made. "There is nothing more important to Hawaii than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process".

"The FCC is aware of the situation in Hawaii and launching a full investigation into what happened", Brian Hart said in an emailed statement.

The alert stirred panic for residents on the island and across social media.

McPherson said she then went online to confirm her suspicions.

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State Rep. Matt Lopresti said the Legislature would hold a hearing on the false alarm.

Meanwhile, there is no more time to waste when it comes to the dangers Hawaii is facing, said Gabbard.

"AGAIN FALSE ALARM. What happened today is totally inexcusable".

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sought to calm nerves soon after the accidental alarm. "Apparently, the wrong button was pushed and it took over 30 minutes for a correction to be announced".

According to Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza, the alert was sent in error.

Hawaii experienced a terrifying false alarm on Saturday morning.

White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said President Trump had been briefed on the alert.