Accidental False Ballistic Missile Alert Panics Hawaiians

  • Residents of Hawaii panicked and started fleeing their homes (abandoning cars in highway) after receiving false alert in their cellphone (just before 8.30am local time) that said a ballistic missile is on its way to hit Hawaii and it’s not a drill. Though Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HEMA) tweeted their mistake 10 minutes after the false alarm, the entire state was already out of gear. HEMA Administrator Vern Miyagi acknowledged in a press conference later in the day that it was their mistake and the error took place after someone hit the wrong button. Hawaii officials also vowed not to repeat the mistake.