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Hawaii officials mistakenly warn of inbound missile causing panic and confusion among residents

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People in Hawaii got quite a scare on Saturday after Hawaii emergency management officials accidentally sent residents a push alert to their cellphones warning them of an incoming ballistic missile by mistake.

The alert, which was written in all caps, read: BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

According to some residents it took over 30 minutes for officials to send out another message letting them know it was a false alarm.

As would be expected, the message created panic among residents on the island.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza told the Associated Press that the agency had been performing a standard drill and normally an alert wouldn't be sent, so they suspect a technical issue occurred. "We have absolutely no indication it was any kind of hacking," he says.

The incident caught nationwide attention on social media and left many people wondering how a "mistake" like this could have happened in the first place.

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