A morning alert that warned of a ballistic missile heading straight for Hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic Saturday was a mistake, state emergency officials said.
The emergency alert, which was sent to cellphones shortly after 8 a.m, said in all capital letters, “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”
House Speaker Scott Saiki says someone pushed the wrong button, sending an alert to cellphone users across the islands warning of them of an impending missile strike. However, there was no attack on Hawaii, and officials later said the alert was sent in error.
Cindy McMillan, a spokeswoman for Gov. David Ige confirmed to The Associated Press that it was human error, but she didn’t have further details.