The false Hawaii missile alert was caused by an employee pushing the wrong button, governor says


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  • A false alarm was broadcast to Hawaii on Saturday
    warning of an inbound ballistic missile, causing widespread
    panic.
  • Officials quickly confirmed afterward that the alert
    was a false alarm and had been sent out by mistake.
  • Hawaii Gov. David Ige said the alert was caused by an
    employee pushing the wrong button by accident.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Saturday that a false alarm warning the entire state of an
inbound ballistic missile
earlier that day occurred because
someone accidentally “pressed the wrong button” during an
employee shift change.

“It was a mistake made during a standard procedure at the change
over of a shift, and an employee pushed the wrong button,”
Ige told CNN.

The false alarm was blasted to residents around 8 a.m. local time
through their cellphones and on television and radio networks.
The alarm caused widespread panic and chaos, after it directed
residents to seek immediate shelter and warned “THIS IS NOT A
DRILL.”

Ige said the employee shift changeovers at the Hawaii Emergency
Management Agency occur three times per day, every day. He added
that officials will investigate and ensure a similar error never
happens again.

“For the most part it occurs flawlessly,” Ige said. “There was an
error today, and we will be investigating and changing procedures
so that we can avoid this from ever happening again.”

Watch Ige’s comments below:

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