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Ballistic missile threat sends Hawaii into a state of fear

At 8 a.m., residents and visitors in Hawaii received a false alert of a ballistic missile from the Emergency Management.

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Students and residents of Hawaii woke up to an alert from Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency stating that a ballistic missile threat was coming to Hawaii. About 30 minutes later, another alert was sent out stating that the threat alert was an error and that there was no danger to the state.

“It was a terrifying way to wake up. My little sister and I were both asleep when the alarm first sounded and at first we were both just confused,” senior Taylor McKenzie said. “My mom was going to drive (my family) to the military base after receiving the message.”

Officials from Hawaii Emergency Management agency say that if an alert, like this, was sent out, residents of Hawaii would only have 15 minutes to take shelter.

For many students, the alarm was a frightening disruption of weekend activities.

Junior Rebecca Meyer was at a canoe paddling race when the threat alert was sent out.  

“I was in the middle of going out to my race and all of a sudden all the paddlers were getting out of the canoes and climbing out of the water. It was so surreal to see everyone running,” said Meyer. “Some of my friends (who were paddling with her) were being grabbed by their parents.”

Approximately 30 minutes after the false alarm was sent to phones, both local and national news outlets released more information on the false threat. Hawaii News Now was one of the first local news organizations to reveal that the alert was false. State officials such as, House Representative, Tulsi Gabbard, took to social media to inform the public that there was no missile threat to Hawaii.

News of the threat pervaded Twitter and many other social media services. Many Hawaii residents were trying to find shelter, believing that it was not a test. Many were left in anger that it took a long time to respond to this mistake and that it happened in the first place.

Governor David Ige and the head of Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency said the ‘threat button’ was pressed accidentally and blamed the mistake on human error.

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