False missile alert sparks panic in Hawaii

False missile alert sparks panic in Hawaii

Hawaii officials said Saturday that a mobile alert saying a ballistic missile was headed for the state was a "false alarm" after people received the alert detailing an imminent threat.

The message sent at least a few rushing for shelters as people pondered whether a missile was heading toward the island.Thirty-eight minutes later, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency public information officer Richard Rapoza said the alert was sent in error. Warnings also appeared on television in the state.

He continued: "Why does it take 38 minutes for us to get a false alarm notice?" -Canada joint command that conducts aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning to defend North America. "We're trying to figure out where this came from or how this started".

U.S. Pacific Command has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii.

"My phone's been blowing up", he added.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency says there is no threat. "State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible". Earlier message was sent in error.

Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii.

Some of the world's top professional golfers were panicked by a false report of an incoming ballistic missile in Hawaii on Saturday, with one hiding under a mattress and another fleeing to the basement of his Honolulu hotel.

The state was only able to recall the alert 40 minutes after it was originally dispatched, which left fear-stricken residents in limbo awaiting catastrophe.

Hawaii has been on edge in recent months amid an escalating war of words between the U.S. and North Korea.

"There were sort of various levels of panic so you had people that were scrambling to get in their cars and try and get out and there were people that were running towards the parking garage to try and seek shelter underground", he said.

Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said she confirmed there was no missile with officials.

"I woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live".

Michelle Broder Van Dyke reported from Honolulu. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene.

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