Hawaiians sent terrifying, false warning of inbound ballistic missile

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By now we all know that the emergency alert sent to phones this morning was a FALSE ALARM.

"Please disregard message of nuclear attack", emergency officials wrote in a later message. "There is no incoming missile to Hawaii".

Hawaiians and tourists alike were shaken shortly after 8:00 a.m. HST when a push notification alerted those in the state of islands to a false missile threat, causing an immediate panic. Friends and family began to message one another asking if the alert was real.

WTOP's John Aaron was in Hawaii on his honeymoon when the alert went out. Brian Schatz (D-HI) "The whole state was terrified".

According to reports emerging on social media, some people even tried to seek shelter from the "incoming missile" in storm drains.

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Tulsi Gabbard confirmed on Twitter that the alert was mistakenly sent out, and there was not threat of a missile.

HEMA spokesman Richard Repoza said it was a false alarm and the agency is trying to determine what happened. "There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process".

Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency then quickly announced that the message was a mistake. "Repeat. False alarm", the message said.

The video below shows the TV programming being interrupted for the mistaken alert.

"There is no missile threat", the Democratic senator tweeted.

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