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.
Follower from Hawaii tells me, “People were crying and running home to be with their kids thinking it could be their last moments!! Fucking scary.”— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) January 13, 2018
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.
Ummmmmmmm a mistake is a typo. This is a HUGE oversight.— Nazanin Nour (@NazaninNour) January 13, 2018
So sorry for all the people in Hawaii who went through that — we know someone who’s there with her family. Crying in closet texting goodbyes to loved ones, husband shielding their baby. Sounds traumatic. Hang in there, folks.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 13, 2018
There was a false missile alert for Hawaii? Are you fucking kidding me?— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) January 13, 2018