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

    - by Michelle Mark - January 13, 2018

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."



 . . . Trump was wrapping up a round of golf at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida when the incident was unfolding. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said Trump was briefed and that it “was purely a state exercise.”

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Video - Hawaii Gov. David Ige speaks after residents received a false alarm emergency alert warning of a ballistic missile threat. - by David Shepardson - January 13, 2018

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Saturday it was launching a full investigation into a false emergency alert that said a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, the chairman of the commission said.

The alerts to Hawaii cellphone users were issued at about 8:07 a.m. local time (1807 GMT), saying “ballistic missile threat inbound” and urging residents to seek shelter immediately. The message also appeared on Hawaii television stations, according to news reports. The alert was officially canceled about 38 minutes later.



CBS News - JANUARY 13, 2018, 6:31 PM - An accidental alert went out across Hawaii on Saturday, urging people to seek shelter due to an incoming ballistic missile. The false alarm was eventually called off, but not before residents and tourists started scrambling – and some even said their goodbyes. Carter Evans reports.

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