Panic spreads across Hawaii after phones receive fake ballistic missile alert

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Hawaii residents were sent into a panic Saturday morning, after many received an alert on their phones warning of an incoming ballistic missile, just after 8 a.m. local time.  Sirens also reportedly went off, sending frightened residents scrambling.

The alert read:

“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.

“SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER, THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

However, Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency has insisted the alert is a false alarm, and tweeted, “NO missile threat to Hawaii.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard tweeted confirmation that the alert was a false alarm. “HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE.”

Hawaiian reporter Michelle Broder Van Dyke reported that the message saying “this is not a drill” actually WAS a drill.

DML News CEO Dennis Michael Lynch tweeted in response to the news, “Hawaii emergency system has confirmed the earlier warning of a missile strike was false alarm. But it begs the question is the USA ready, or are we too consumed being PC. Sanction Iran, take out Kim. Why wait for them to strike first!”

 

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