Hawaii officials say 'false alarm' on alert about inbound ballistic missile

Source: The Hill | January 13, 2018 | Julia Manchester

Hawaii officials said Saturday that a mobile alert saying a ballistic missile was headed for the state was a “false alarm” after people received the alert detailing an imminent threat.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) issued a tweet saying that “there is no incoming missile to Hawaii,” saying she had confirmed with officials the alert was a false alarm.

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U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Cmdr. David Benham said in a statement that the military “has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii” and that an “earlier message was sent in error.”

“State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible,” he said.

Another alert was sent out 38 minutes later calling the initial alert a false alarm.

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