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Hawaii residents receive ‘ballistic missile threat’ warning | CENSORED.TODAY

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  • The alert was issued to residents’ phones at 8.08am on Saturday morning
  • It told them to seek shelter and warned of an ‘inbound ballistic missile threat’ 
  • Residents called Civil Defense in a panic and were told it was a mistake 
  • Officials have since confirmed the mistake and said it was caused by ‘human error’ 
  • One person said they were told that ‘someone pushed the wrong buttons’ during an emergency systems drill  

Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com

Panic spread through the state of Hawaii on Saturday morning when residents received an alert on their phones warning of a ballistic missile threat that was accidentally sent out by Civil Defense. 

Scores of confused residents tweeted screenshots of the warnings after receiving them shortly after 8am local time. 

Hawaii falls within the range of the intercontinental ballistic missiles that North Korea have been testing in recent months as tensions between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un flare. 

After the alert was confirmed as a false alarm on Saturday, there was strong criticism for the mistake given the increasingly fear of global nuclear warfare. 

The alert was written all in block capitals and read: ‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL’.  

This was the alert which was issued among residents in Hawaii on Saturday morning which caused panic. Civil Defense later told residents it was a mistake and that someone ‘pushed the wrong buttons’ during a drill  

Calls from frightened residents inundated Civil Defense immediately asking for more information or advice.

At this time of heightened tensions, we need to make sure all information is accurate… we need to get to the bottom of what happened
Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono 

People who say they got through to the office were then told it was a mistake. 

One woman called 911 in panic and said she was told by the operator that staff were performing a drill when ‘someone pushed the wrong buttons’. 

‘Called 911…Operator said it’s a drill of Civil Defense Emergency System but someone pushed the wrong buttons..

‘No missile is headed toward the State of Hawaii REPEAT….NO MISSILE IS HEADED TOWARD THE STATE OF HAWAII.’ 

Frightened residents flooded Civil Defense and 911 with calls and were told it was a mistake. One said the operator told her it was sent out by accident when 'someone pushed the wrong buttons' during a Civil Defense Emergency System drill 

Frightened residents flooded Civil Defense and 911 with calls and were told it was a mistake. One said the operator told her it was sent out by accident when 'someone pushed the wrong buttons' during a Civil Defense Emergency System drill 

Frightened residents flooded Civil Defense and 911 with calls and were told it was a mistake. One said the operator told her it was sent out by accident when ‘someone pushed the wrong buttons’ during a Civil Defense Emergency System drill 

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted this out, 12 minutes after the threat was issued

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted this out, 12 minutes after the threat was issued

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted this out, 12 minutes after the threat was issued

The Civil Defense phone lines were consistently busy on Saturday and the Department of Defense has not responses to questions on the matter. 

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted 12 minutes after the alert was issued to say it was a false alarm. 

The state’s governor David Ige quickly retweeted the post as did other lawmakers. They vowed to get to the bottom of how such a colossal error was made.

‘There is no missile threat. It was a false alarm based on a human error. 

‘There is nothing more important to Hawai’i than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process.’ 

Lawmakers were quick to repeat the fact it was a mistake and they vowed to get to the bottom of how the error occurred 

Lawmakers were quick to repeat the fact it was a mistake and they vowed to get to the bottom of how the error occurred 

Lawmakers were quick to repeat the fact it was a mistake and they vowed to get to the bottom of how the error occurred 

Hawaii is within the range of the latest intercontinental ballistic missiles that North Korea has been testing. It, along with Alaska, are the most vulnerable states to a threat 

Hawaii is within the range of the latest intercontinental ballistic missiles that North Korea has been testing. It, along with Alaska, are the most vulnerable states to a threat 

Hawaii is within the range of the latest intercontinental ballistic missiles that North Korea has been testing. It, along with Alaska, are the most vulnerable states to a threat 


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