(BIVN) – An emergency alert that states “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL” was apparently a false alarm, officials say.
“Please disregard message of nuclear attack,” emergency officials wrote in a later message. “There is NO THREAT of Missile Launch at this time. I repeat, there is NO THREAT at this time.”
The 8 a.m. HST emergency alert message appeared on cell phones across the state and nearly set off a panic. Friends and family began to message one another asking if the alert was real. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim himself issued a civil defense audio message at 8:20 a.m. saying the alert was a mistake by the state.
We will update this page as we learn more about the mistaken alert message.