Hawaii officials mistakenly warn of inbound missile

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HONOLULU — Hawaii emergency management officials say a push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii on Saturday was a mistake.

The emergency alert sent to cellphones said in all caps, “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza says it’s a false alarm.

He says the agency is trying to determine what happened.

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

NO missile threat to Hawaii.

– Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA)January 13, 2018

The ballistic missile warning that was issued is a FALSE alarm. Repeat FALSE alarm.

– Mayor Kirk Caldwell (@MayorKirkHNL)January 13, 2018

HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE. pic.twitter.com/DxfTXIDOQs

– Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard)January 13, 2018

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