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Hawaii officials say missile alert was mistake

HONOLULU - The Latest on a missile threat mistakenly sent by Hawaii officials (all times local):

 

Hawaii emergency officials say an alert of a ballistic missile threat is a false alarm.

 

The alert stated there was a threat "inbound to Hawaii" and for residents to seek shelter and that "this is not a drill."

 

The alert caused a panic when it went to people's cellphones Saturday morning but, shortly after, authorities said it was a mistake.

 

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Rapoza says it's not clear what caused the alert to go out.

 


First published: 01.13.18, 20:49