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Accidental ballistic missile alert warning issued to cell phones in Hawaii – National

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People in Hawaii received accidental warnings on their cell phones Saturday, which read that a ballistic missile was headed toward the U.S. state, multiple people reported on Twitter.

The Emergency Alert read: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

Thirty-eight minutes later an update was sent to cell phones noting that it was an error, Global BC’s Lynn Colliar said on Twitter. Colliar is in Hawaii on vacation.

One Twitter user also posted a video which shows a soccer game on TV being interrupted with an alert.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency issued a tweet at 8:20 a.m. local time, which simply read, “NO missile threat to Hawaii,” without providing further details.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza told the Associated Press it was a false alarm and the agency is trying to determine what happened.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz also issued a tweet noting that it was a “false alarm.”

He issued a second note shortly thereafter.

Jamie Malapit, owner of a Honolulu hair salon, texted his clients that he was cancelling their appointments and was closing his shop for the day. He said he was still in bed when the phone started going off “like crazy.” He thought it was a tsunami warning at first.

“I woke up and saw missile warning and thought no way. I thought ‘No, this is not happening today,”‘ Malapit said.

He was still “a little freaked out” and feeling paranoid even after hearing it was a false alarm.

“I went from panic to semi panic and ‘Are we sure?”‘ he said.

*With files from Associated Press

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