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