Hawaiians Get False ‘Ballistic Missile’ Alert
“THIS IS NOT A DRILL” That’s what the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency falsely texted across the state at 8:07 a.m. It wasn’t a drill, but neither was it a “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND” as indicated by the message, which told Hawaiians to “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER.” The agency quickly said the message was a mistake, but correction text wasn’t sent until 38 minutes later, leaving police and other authorities scrambling to calm panicked residents. Gov. David Ige apologized to those affected, saying an employee had pressed the wrong button, and federal authorities plan to investigate.