Whoopsie Daisies! - Ballistic Missile Threat Alert Accidentally Texted to All of Hawaii

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

The US Federal Communications Commission said it has launched a "full investigation" into a false wireless emergency alert that a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, the chairman of the commission said.

Hawaii emergency officials later determined that the alert sent to people's cellphones on Saturday was a false alarm.

Hawaiian officials in November said they were reinstating raid warning sirens because of rising tensions between the USA and North Korea.

The emergency alert urging Hawaiians to "seek immediate shelter" came after months of soaring tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, with North Korea saying it has successfully tested ballistic missiles that could deliver atomic warheads to the United States, including the chain of volcanic islands. If you are driving pull safely to the side of the road and seek shelter in a building or lay on the floor. Jarring footage posted to social media shows children being lowered into an open manhole for protection.

A local radio show from the clubhouse, next to glass windows that overlook the Pacific, kept broadcasting.

It was later revealed to be a false alarm although residents were completely unaware.

Hawaii State Representative Matt LoPresti, described his family's reaction upon receiving the alert.

Honolulu attorney Richard Ing found some humor in the situation but acknowledged there are lessons to be learned.

Other pro athletes who had loved ones in Hawaii were also scared by the false alarm. "Haha glad to know we'll all be safe".

A false alert of an imminent missile threat from North Korea has created momentary panic among residents and tourists in the U.S. state of Hawaii.

"I went from panic to semi-panic and 'Are we sure?'" he said.

Jamie Malapit, owner of a Honolulu hair salon, texted clients to say he was cancelling their appointments and closing his shop for the day, AP reports.

The fact that an erroneous alert went out doesn't inspire great confidence in missile alert systems, she said, adding, "You do wonder about how this happened". "There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process".

"I thought to myself, it must be someone's last day at work or someone got extremely upset at a superior and basically did this as a practical joke, ' he said".

The incident could add to a growing sense of urgency within the Trump administration about the nuclear threat from North Korea.

In a separate tweet after confirmation that the alert was sent in error, Peterson wrote: "Man".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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