Hawaii emergency officials: Alert of ballistic missile threat was mistake

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Hawaii emergency officials say an alert of a ballistic missile headed toward Hawaii was a false alarm. (Sam Li/Twitter)

Hawaii emergency officials say an alert of a ballistic missile headed toward Hawaii was a false alarm.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency confirmed that an alert sent to people's phones in Hawaii was an error.


"This is a false alarm. There is no incoming missile to Hawaii. I have confirmed with officials there is no incoming missile," tweeted Tulsi Gabbard.


The alert stated there was a threat "inbound to Hawaii" and for residents to seek shelter and that "this is not a drill."

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Rapoza says it's not clear what caused the alert to go out.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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