US mistakenly sends Hawaii residents emergency incoming missile alert — but it’s a false alarm

US mistakenly sends Hawaii residents emergency incoming missile alert — but it’s a false alarm:

RESIDENTS and tourists in Hawaii have told of their terror after a false ballistic missile emergency alert was issued, warning them to seek shelter.

Panic-stricken locals ran for safety, thinking they were under imminient attack on Saturday when a text message was issued from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

The alert, in capital letters, read: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”

Authorities took 38 minutes to correct the mistake, which the state’s governor attributed to a “worker pushing the wrong button”.

“It was a mistake made during a standard procedure at the change over of a shift and an employee pushed the wrong button,” Governor of Hawaii David Ige told CNN.

The alert stirred panic for residents on the island and across social media.

H/t reader kevin a.

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