Granite Stater in Hawaii reacts to false alert about ballistic missile

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Residents of U.S. state Hawaii were left in shock and despair after an alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile was sent in error on Saturday. Because there was no call [from the USA military], there was no decision necessary to activate the 394 state wide-sirens. Although Miyagi said there is a message "are you sure you want to send", it was sent anyway. Around Western Washington, residents received calls from panicked loved ones in Hawaii. Like I said, the immediate shelters are in town. "We understand the serious nature of the warning alert systems and the need to get this right 100% of the time".

Karen McPherson, MLA for Calgary McKay-Nose Hill was on the Hawaiian Island of Maui when a false text message warning about an incoming ballistic missile came through her phone Saturday Morning.

After an agonizing half hour, they learned it was a false alarm.

World number four and 2017 PGA Championship victor Justin Thomas was one of several players who took to social media following the false alarm in Honolulu.

NORAD spokesman Lt. Commander Joe Nawroo said that they were trying to establish how the serious command and control error was made.

"The first thing you thought that OK this is a joke.... then you're thinking how long do we have?" People are urged to take shelter in buildings, and to move away from windows if they are indoors.

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Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), said in a tweet that the mistake was due to human error.

In a conciliatory news conference Saturday, Ige promised to evaluate the testing system to ensure such a mistake would never happen again.

"The threat is there", said Vern Miyagi.

The chair of the US Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai said there would be a full investigation into the incident.

The alert, now known to be a mistake, sent people into a panic, including some folks here at home.

The Woodruffs told News 8 that someone needs to be held accountable.

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