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Hawaii mistakenly sends ‘ballistic missile inbound’ alert to residents

Hawaii mistakenly sent a ballistic missile threat to its residents on Saturday. (Twitter)
January 13, 2018

Hawaii residents mistakenly received a ballistic missile emergency alert on Saturday.

“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” read the alert. “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

Hawaii residents immediately took to Twitter and posted about the alert.

Hawaii mistakenly sent a ballistic missile threat to its residents on Saturday. (Twitter)

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It was not long after that the Honolulu Department of Emergency Management posted on Twitter that the alert was an error.

“State Warning Point has issued a Missile Alert in ERROR,” tweeted Oahu Emergency Management. “There is NO threat to the state of Hawaii!”

Hawaii mistakenly sent a ballistic missile threat to its residents on Saturday. (Twitter)

And, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted: “NO missile threat to Hawaii.”

Hawaii mistakenly sent a ballistic missile threat to its residents on Saturday. (Twitter)

Details about how the alert was sent out in error were not immediately available.

Hawaii mistakenly sent a ballistic missile threat to its residents on Saturday. (Twitter)