People in Hawaii panicked when they got an emergency alert on their phones warning of an incoming ballistic missile threat.
Officials quickly confirmed afterward that the alert was a false alarm and had been sent out by mistake.
People in Hawaii were sent into a panic Saturday morning when they got an emergency alert on their phones that said, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill."
Officials said quickly after that the alert went out by mistake and was a false alarm.
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted, "NO missile threat to Hawaii."
Lt. Commander Joe Nawrocki of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the agency in charge of providing aerospace warnings in North America, told BuzzFeed News, "There is no missile threat. We're trying to figure out where this came from or how this started. There is absolutely no incoming ballistic missile threat to Hawaii right now."
"My phone's blowing up right now," Nawrocki added.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Brian Schatz, both of whom represent Hawaii, said on Twitter that alert was a false alarm.
"What happened today is totally inexcusable," Schatz later added. "The whole state was terrified. There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process."
The White House deputy press secretary released a statement saying President Donald Trump had been briefed on the incident.
"This was purely a state exercise," the statement said.
Source : http://www.businessinsider.com/hawaii-emergency-alert-ballistic-missile-false-alarm-mistake-2018-1467