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Hawaii panics after incoming missile alert is sent in error

Civil Defense employee sparks terror in Hawaii by accidentally triggering ballistic missile warning while thousands fled to bomb shelters.

The unspeakable nearly happened for the people of Hawaii. At least, they were confronted with the “what do I do” portion.

Posted on Huntington News | By Tony E. Rutherford

At 8:07 a.m. (Hawaiian Time) an emergency message went out that “this is not a drill… take shelter” due to an incoming missile.

Since the North Korean tests have put the island and other countries such as Guam, Japan, and South Korea on notice, the now described ‘mistake’ jolted the populace. One video shows a presumed father placing his young daughter down inside a storm drain.

Officially, during a shift change, the warning button was accidentally pressed that activated alerts to cell phones, TV and radio. For the short term, the question is fixing the system so such an ‘accident’ by apparently one person cannot occur again.

Incredibly, officials said the employee who made the mistake wasn’t aware of it until mobile phones in the command center began displaying the alert. ‘This guy feels bad, right. He’s not doing this on purpose – it was a mistake on his part and he feels terrible about it,‘ said EMA Administrator Vern Miyagi in a press conference Saturday afternoon.

Civil Defense employee who sparked terror in Hawaii accidentally triggered ballistic missile warning and thousands fled to bomb shelters!

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