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38 minutes of panic: Here's how people in Hawaii reacted to a false ballistic missile alert

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Hawaiians received a false alarm on Saturday warning of an inbound ballistic missile and causing instant, widespread panic.
The alert was apparently caused by an employee at Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency pushing the wrong button by accident.
A second alert clarifying that there was no missile threat to Hawaii did not come until 38 minutes after the initial false alarm.
Residents and vacationers in Hawaii awoke Saturday morning to a stunning emergency alert blaring across the screens of their smartphones: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE...
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Panic ensues after false alarm warns of incoming ballistic missile threat to Hawaii

Panic ensues after false alarm warns of incoming ballistic missile threat to Hawaii

One year ago   |   By

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People in Hawaii panicked when they got an emergency alert on their phones warning of an incoming ballistic missile threat.
Officials quickly confirmed afterward that the alert was a false alarm and had been sent out by mistake.
People in Hawaii were sent into a panic Saturday morning when they got an emergency alert on their phones that said, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill."
Officials said quickly after that the alert went out by mistake and was a false alarm.
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted , "NO...
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Video shows the horrifying moment when a false ballistic missile threat alert interrupted a soccer game on TV in Hawaii

Video shows the horrifying moment when a false ballistic missile threat alert interrupted a soccer game on TV in Hawaii

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People in Hawaii woke up to a frightening emergency alert Saturday morning which warned of an impending missile targeting the state. It was a false alarm.
The alert interrupted radio and TV stations across the state.
Watch the harrowing moment when it disrupted a soccer game.
People in Hawaii were sent into a panic Saturday morning when they received the following emergency alert on their phones: "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill."
State officials quickly retracted the warning and clarified that there...
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White House says false ballistic missile threat was 'purely a state exercise' in Hawaii

White House says false ballistic missile threat was 'purely a state exercise' in Hawaii

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An emergency alert went out Saturday morning warning Hawaii of an incoming ballistic missile threat.
The alert turned out to be a false alarm.
As state officials quickly worked to address the mistake, the White House released a statement in which it appeared to distance itself from the situation in Hawaii.
The White House appeared to distance itself from a colossal mix-up that resulted in a false alert being sent out in Hawaii warning of an impending ballistic missile threat.
President Donald Trump was on his golf course at the Mar-a-Lago luxury resort in Florida when the situation...
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The false Hawaii missile alert was caused by an employee pushing the wrong button, governor says

The false Hawaii missile alert was caused by an employee pushing the wrong button, governor says

One year ago   |   By

Twitter/ rveIvts
A false alarm was broadcast to Hawaii on Saturday warning of an inbound ballistic missile, causing widespread panic.
Officials quickly confirmed afterward that the alert was a false alarm and had been sent out by mistake.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige said the alert was caused by an employee pushing the wrong button by accident.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Saturday that a false alarm warning the entire state of an inbound ballistic missile earlier that day occurred because someone accidentally "pressed the wrong button" during an employee shift change.
"It was a mistake made during...
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News anchor posts terrified texts she received after a false alarm about an impending ballistic missile threat in Hawaii

News anchor posts terrified texts she received after a false alarm about an impending ballistic missile threat in Hawaii

One year ago   |   By

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A local news anchor from Houston posted a screenshot showing several frightened text messages she received after a false emergency alert went out warning of an impending ballistic missile threat to Hawaii.
The anchor, Sara Donchey, said on Twitter that her family lives in the state.
"They were hiding in the garage," Donchey tweeted. "My mom and sister were crying. It was a false alarm, but betting a lot of people are shaken."
Sara Donchey, an anchor at local NBC affiliate KPRC2 in Houston, Texas, woke up to a string of terrified texts from her family in Hawaii after an...
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Hawaii lawmakers say false alarm of inbound ballistic missile was 'totally unacceptable'

Hawaii lawmakers say false alarm of inbound ballistic missile was 'totally unacceptable'

One year ago   |   By

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A false alarm was pushed to phones in Hawaii Saturday morning that said a ballistic missile was "inbound."
It took more than 30 minutes for authorities to correct the mistake and issue a new alert.
Hawaii Governor David Ige said somebody "pushed the wrong button."
Panic and confusion in Hawaii lasted more than half an hour Saturday morning, after an alert was pushed to people's phones warning of an incoming "ballistic missile threat."
The governor said it happened when an employee pushed the wrong button during a shift change. But the false alarm sparked outrage from...
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