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.
NO missile threat to Hawaii.
— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018
“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.
HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE. pic.twitter.com/DxfTXIDOQs
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 13, 2018
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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