Hawaii senator says false alarm of inbound ballistic missile was 'totally unacceptable'


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  • A false alarm was pushed to phones in Hawaii Saturday
    morning that said a ballistic missile was “inbound.”
  • It took more than 30 minutes for authorities to correct
    the mistake and issue a new alert.
  • Hawaii Governor David Ige said somebody “pushed the
    wrong button.”

Panic and confusion in Hawaii lasted more than half an hour
Saturday morning, after
an alert was pushed to people’s phones
warning of an incoming
“ballistic missile threat.” 

The
governor said
 it happened when an employee pushed the
wrong button during a shift change. But the false alarm sparked
outrage from local politicians, as it took more than half an hour
to correct. 

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz told CNN he was “quite angry” about the
incident. He also told CBS News “we’re taking a deep breath
knowing that it was a false alarm,” but added on Twitter that the
mistake was “totally inexcusable,”
and the whole state had been terrified. 

Rep Tulsi Gabbard was also on CNN shortly after the mistake
happened. She said she was concerned about what might’ve
happened to people on the islands if it hadn’t been a false
alarm, saying that people would only have about 15 minutes to
take shelter if a nuclear weapon was launched from North Korea
towards the Aloha state. 

“There are no nuclear shelters for people to go running to within
15 minutes. where do they go, what do they do?” Gabbard wondered
aloud. 

The White House said the President, who is in Florida, was
briefed on what happened, and that the mistake was “purely a
state exercise.” But Hawaii Governor David Ige said
he’d be meeting with federal officials
to make sure something
like this didn’t happen again. 


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