Hawaii ‘ballistic missile threat’ alert to phones was false alarm, officials say

Residents of Hawaii were thrown into a panic Saturday morning after an emergency alert was sent a warning of a ballistic missile threat.

Posted: Jan 13, 2018 10:59 AM
Updated: Jan 14, 2018 11:29 AM

Residents of Hawaii were thrown into a panic Saturday morning after an emergency alert was sent a warning of a ballistic missile threat.

But officials minutes later tweeted that it was a false alarm.


"NO missile threat to Hawaii," the state's Emergency Management Agency tweeted at 8:20 local time (1:20 ET).

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, tweeted: "This is a false alarm. There is no incoming missile to Hawaii."

Hawaiian officials in November said they were reinstating raid warning sirens because of rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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