Hawaii emergency officials say alert of ballistic missile threat was mistake

By Megan Kennedy - Content Editor

HOUSTON - Hawaii Gov. David Ige is apologizing for the "pain and confusion" caused by false ballistic missile attack alert.

The alert was sent out around 12:15 p.m. Central time to those on the island. The Hawaii EMA tweeted out that there was no threat.

KPRC 2's Sara Donchey is currently in Hawaii and said she also received the alert on her cellphone.

Sara Donchey via Skype about false ballistic missile attack alert


In a conciliatory news conference Saturday, Ige promised to evaluate the testing system to ensure such a mistake would never happen again.

The alert on Saturday sent the islands into a panic, with people abandoning cars in a highway and preparing to flee their homes until officials said the cellphone alert was a mistake.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi said the error happened when someone pushed the wrong button.

Both Miyagi and Ige promised a single person will not be able to make such an error in the future.

The Federal Communications Commission is launching an investigation into the false alarm.

Ajit Pai tweeted, " The FCC is launching a full investigation into the false emergency alert that was sent to residents of Hawaii."


KPRC/AP 2018