Local man recounts panic after false missile alert in Hawaii

A mistaken alert went out Saturday warning of a missile headed toward Hawaii

A mistaken alert went out Saturday warning of a missile headed toward Hawaii

This time, it was an assurance that the first alert was a false alarm.

"There is no missile threat".

"They were kind of losing it".

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also took to CNN after the incident to say said she was concerned about what might've happened to people on the islands if it hadn't been a false alarm.

The US Federal Communications Commission, which has jurisdiction over the emergency alert system, announced it was initiating a full investigation.

Miyagi said Saturday that if the alert is sent in the "actual event", there will be 12-14 minutes before the impact. I was on the phone to my friend when I saw the message come up.

Colt Knost is staying in Waikiki Beach and didn't know where to go or what to do. It was like chickens at that point. "It wasn't panic. It's not like you can see it coming and dodge it". "One person actually sought shelter in a doorway waiting for some other notification, so it definitely looked like everybody received the alert".

"Everybody got freaked out and they just dug out on me, left me by myself". "And they said: "'Oh heck" and they ran out again". "It was really scary".

For Aaron, the false alarm felt all too real with tensions sky-high between the United States and North Korea, which conducted over a dozen ballistic missile tests in the past year.

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said "we need to get to the bottom of what happened and make sure it never happens again". "It's important to have accountability at the state level and the emergency management level in terms of what exactly what went wrong".

"There was no one on the streets after a couple minutes". It was a false alarm based on a human error, " he said.

Some were unsure what to do. And another, "IF YOURE SLEEPING WAKE UP AN CALL US IMMEDIATELY". Sat there in silence whispering to each other things are going to be OK but anger rushing through my head as a father as I felt helpless. People who were just visiting Hawaii "wouldn't know where to go or what to do", Hines said.

"While I am thankful this morning's alert was a false alarm, the public must have confidence in our emergency alert system".

Besides that, he said, "assuming it was coming from North Korea, I have zero confidence they could hit the broad side of a barn".

"Some people were saying, 'Well, we're going to war. You just had a whole lot of people freak out in like 20 minutes".

Speaking after the third round, which started on time at Waialae Country Club, Thomas said he had not got the original warning and was only aware after he received a screen shot from fellow pro Tom Lovelady.

"I live in London but am originally from Hawaii. It's probably not going to be good for tourism in the state", said San Diego resident Brett Wilson.

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