Incoming Ballistic Missile Threat Warning for Hawaii Turned Out to Be a False Alarm

  • Source: TTN
  • by: TTN Editor
Incoming Ballistic Missile Threat Warning for Hawaii Turned Out to Be a False Alarm
Updated at 1:48 PM Eastern to reflect update from the Pacific Command

Several smartphone users in Hawaii received an emergency alert on Saturday which read "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL."

Considering the United States' elevated tensions with North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un, who suffers from tiny man syndrome, panic immediately set in across the internet.

Not only did smartphone users receive an alert, but sirens were going off in Hawaii.
Roughly 15 minutes after Twitter exploded with screenshots of the emergency alert, Hawaii Congresswoman eased the panic with confirmation that it was a false alarm.

 
The U.S. Military's Pacific Command put out a statement after the false alarm that  "it has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii. Earlier message was sent in error..."

At this time, it's unclear what was the cause of the error.

One Twitter user offered an astute observation:

   We will update this story as more information becomes available.
 Source: TTN

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