Hawaii emergency control officials say a push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii on Saturday used to be a mistake.
HONOLULU — A push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii and despatched citizens right into a full-blown panic Saturday used to be a mistake, state emergency officials mentioned.
The emergency alert, which used to be despatched to cell phones, mentioned in all caps, “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza mentioned it used to be a false alarm and the company is making an attempt to resolve what took place.
The alert led to a tizzy at the island and throughout social media.
Jamie Malapit, proprietor of a Honolulu hair salon, texted his purchasers that he used to be cancelling their appointments and used to be ultimate his store for the day. He mentioned he used to be nonetheless in mattress when the telephone began going off “like crazy.” He concept it used to be a tsunami caution in the beginning.
“I woke up and saw missile warning and thought no way. I thought ‘No, this is not happening today,'” Malapit mentioned.
He used to be nonetheless “a little freaked out” and feeling paranoid even after listening to it used to be a false alarm.
“I went from panic to semi panic and ‘Are we sure?'” he mentioned.