Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Issues False Ballistic Missile Alert

posted by Kat -

On Saturday morning, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency accidentally sent out an alert to all residents' cellphones, warning them of an incoming ballistic missile attack. 

"Emergency Alert: BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL," the message read. 

It took 38 minutes for the alert to be revoked and, understandably, people totally freaked out during that time. "I spent 40 mins balling my eyes out and praying for my life," one tweeted. Another wrote, "Woke up and thought my girlfriend was dead. God damnit Hawaii."  It was later revealed that a civil defense employee who "pushed the wrong button" set off the warning. The agency confirmed that he has been reassigned, but not fired.

Source:  People

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