FCC To Investigate Hawaii's Terrifying False Ballistic Missile Alert

Marie Harrington
January 14, 2018

A push alert that warned of a ballistic missile heading straight for Hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic Saturday was issued by mistake, state emergency officials said.

Officials later stated that the alert sent to people in Hawaii that said a "ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii ... this is not a drill" was actually a drill.

The alert went out at a little after 8 AM Hawaiian time, appearing on phones as an emergency services popup and broadcast on TV as a detailed warning of how to seek shelter.

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, said on Twitter, "Today's alert was a false alarm".

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard likewise presented on Twitter, consoling nationals that she has affirmed with authorities that "there is no approaching rocket" and disclosed to CNN's Jake Tapper the alarm was "unintentional".

The message and scare, she said, points to the failure of the nation's leaders to ensure Hawaii's safety. There's no incoming missile to Hawaii. "Earlier message was sent in error", adding that the USA state would "send out a correction message as soon as possible". "There is nothing more critical to Hawaii than professionalizing and trick sealing this procedure".

That was the verdict of musician Darcy Hanneman, one of many in the USA state of Hawaii who received a terrifying - and incorrect - warning that a ballistic missile was heading their way.

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"Lots of people wandering around in deep thought, as in, "Am I ready?"

The alert stirred panic for residents on the island and across social media. "And on Tuesday, ask your government what they are going to do to make sure this never happens again", Schatz said.

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

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency gave its own all clear: "NO missile threat to Hawaii".

But the message turned out to be a false alarm, with officials admitting it was sent by mistake. I went outside to hear the air raid sirens, but heard nothing so I assumed it was a false alarm.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sought to calm nerves soon after the accidental alarm.

White President Donald Trump visiting Florida, the White House issues the following statement: "The President has been briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise".

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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