Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Says Missile Alert Was False Alarm

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Says Missile Alert Was False Alarm

The emergency alert sent to cellphones said in all caps, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii".

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also posted to Twitter, reassuring citizens that she has confirmed with officials that "there is no incoming missile".

"We're in a process of sending another message to cancel the initial message".

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Richard Rapoza told the Associated Press that it is not clear why the alert went out to Hawaii's millions of residents and visitors.

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Panic spread through the state of Hawaii on Saturday morning when residents received an alert on their phones warning of a ballistic missile threat that was accidentally sent out by Civil Defense. "There is absolutely no incoming ballistic missile threat to Hawaii right now".

'No missile is headed toward the State of Hawaii REPEAT.NO MISSILE IS HEADED TOWARD THE STATE OF HAWAII'.

According to Hawaii News Now, the alert went out at 8 a.m. and was confirmed to be an error within 15 minutes.

"At a time of heightened tensions, we need to make sure all information released to community is accurate".

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