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Hawaii Officials say Missile Alert was Mistake

A missile threat was mistakenly to citizens that was sent by Hawaii officials. Officials say the threat is a false alarm. A missile threat was mistakenly to citizens that was sent by Hawaii officials. Officials say the threat is a false alarm. |  Photo: DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro

January 13, 2018 12:55 PM

HONOLULU (AP) - A missile threat was mistakenly to citizens that was sent by Hawaii officials.

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Hawaii emergency officials say an alert of a ballistic missile threat is a false alarm.

The alert stated there was a threat "inbound to Hawaii" and for residents to seek shelter and that "this is not a drill."

The alert caused a panic when it went to people's cellphones Saturday morning but, shortly after, authorities said it was a mistake.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Rapoza says it's not clear what caused the alert to go out.


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