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Hawaii officials mistakenly warn of inbound missile

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HONOLULU — Hawaii emergency management officials say a push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii on Saturday was a mistake.

The emergency alert sent to cellphones said in all caps, “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”

The false alarm was issued on several different platforms as many citizens reported receiving not only text messages of the warning but also receiving warnings on Hawaiian television.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza says it was a false alarm.

He says the agency is trying to determine what happened as the alert stirred panic for residents on the island and across social media.

The Hawaii Emergancy Management Agency twitter account also tweeted that the alarm was a mistake.

Sources are citing “human error” as the culprit for the false alarm. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) sent this tweet out explaining the reason behind the false alarm.

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) tweeted the need to for due diligence before determining what really went wrong.

Others on twitter have blamed hackers and some reports have said that a scheduled test of the alert system went wrong and caused the panic.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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