Hawaii's Missile Alert Was False, But The Threat Isn't Inconceivable

Screenshots of iPhone emergency alerts filled social media, as people on the island tried to figure out what was happening.

Some professional golfers taking part in the Sony Open in Honolulu were also caught off guard. "I showed her the alert and away we went to the vehicle", McPherson said.

"There's a checklist that is in place so that should have been followed, and I'm going to find out why it wasn't or what happened", he said. "They're inundated with calls".

"Everyone was running around like, 'What do we do?'" he said.

Still, tensions declined recently after the North agreed to meet and hold talks with South Korea next week, the first such talks in more than two years. Officials said the alert was the result of human error.

The clearest explanation we've received so far is that this was "human error" and that the state was in the midst of conducting a drill when the error was made.

Residents in Hawaii got a warning Saturday morning about an inbound ballistic missile.

KPRC 2's Sara Donchey is now in Hawaii and said she also received the alert on her cell phone. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said it "was purely a state exercise".

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Trump was wrapping up a round of golf at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida when the incident was unfolding.

Hawaii's Emergency Management Tweeted "NO missile threat to Hawaii" but it wasn't until nearly 45 minutes after the alert was sent that a second alert went to all phones telling people it was a false alarm. "It was a procedure that occurs at the change of shift where they go through to make sure that the system is working and an employee pushed the wrong button".

Ige says, "The public must have confidence in our emergency alert system".

In an online statement, Honolulu Police Department said: "State Warning Point has issued a Missile Alert in ERROR! If you are driving, pull safely to the side of the road and seek shelter in a building or lay on the floor", the emergency alert continued.

The push notification alert went out just after 8 am HST, panicking residents and visitors.

"I have confirmed with officials there is no incoming missile".

Ige wrote on Twitter that a probe is already underway in the state, involving Hawaii's Department of Defense and the the island's Emergency Management Agency.

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