Hawaii Agency Accidentally Sends Out Missile Warning and Creates Mass Panic on Twitter

False alerts advising Hawaiians to “seek immediate shelter” from an incoming ballistic missile caused understandable terror on Twitter Saturday.

Residents of the the Aloha State were woken up by their mobile phones on Saturday morning as notifications were blasted telling that a “ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii,” according to social media posts.

Though the message said it was “an extreme alert” and “not a drill,” followup messages 38 minutes later explained it was a mistake. “State Warning Point has issued a Missile Alert in Error! There is No threat to the State of Hawaii!” the Honolulu police department wrote on their website.
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