A False Alarm "Ballistic Missile Threat" Message Was Sent To Hawaii Residents

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The White House said Trump was meeting with Robert Lighthizer, the US Trade Representative, on Saturday. "When the lives of millions are at risk, we must do more than just hope that mistakes won't happen". However, there was no attack on Hawaii, and officials later said the alert was sent in error.

After the alert was declared an error, many decried the fact that such an incredible error was allowed to happen.

He added, "Apparently, the wrong button was pushed and it took over 30 minutes for a correction to be announced".

Saiki says, "Clearly, government agencies are not prepared and lack the capacity to deal with emergency situations".

But the alert was followed by statements from Hawaii officials that there were no incoming ballistic missiles.

The alert on Saturday sent the islands into a panic, with people abandoning cars in a highway and preparing to flee their homes until officials said the cellphone alert was a mistake. The alert stated there was a threat "inbound to Hawaii" and urged residents to seek shelter.

"This is not a drill", the alert read.

The mistaken alert, which was attributed human error, warned that a projectile was heading for the Hawaii.

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"The President has been briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise", the statement said.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI, confirmed the false alarm on Twitter 12 minutes after the errant message was sent.

However, a spokesperson for the North American Aerospace Defense Command told BuzzFeed News the incident was a false alarm.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a Democratic primary opponent for Gov. David Ige, called for a "thorough, impartial investigation at the state and federal level".

"What happened today is totally inexcusable", tweeted Sen.

Residents in the state received emergency alerts on their mobile phones advising them to "seek immediate shelter" from an inbound ballistic missile. Jarring footage posted to social media shows children being lowered into an open manhole for protection.

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

Some of the world's top professional golfers were panicked by a false report of an incoming ballistic missile in Hawaii on Saturday, with one hiding under a mattress and another fleeing to the basement of his Honolulu hotel.

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