From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
HAWAII — An emergency alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile was sent out by mistake Saturday morning in Hawaii, according to multiple reports.
Tulsi Gabbard, a U.S. Representative from Hawaii, tweeted out a screenshot of the alert.
The alert read, “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
“HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE,” Gabbard said in her post.
The Hawaii EMA also posted on social media that there was no missile threat.
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii tweeted out, “There is no missile threat. It was a false alarm based on a human error.”
“AGAIN FALSE ALARM. What happened today is totally inexcusable. The whole state was terrified. There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process,” Schatz said in a separate post.
The National Weather Service in Hawaii released this statement after the message went out: “The Warning Message received by the National Weather Service from Hawaii state officials has been confirmed to be a test message. Repeating, the Warning Message received this morning DOES NOT DEPICT A REAL MISSILE THREAT. It was a test message.”