Missile threat mistakenly sent by Hawaii officials

“Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter,” the message read

Gen. Joe Logan, said a written report would be prepared.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency is "launching a full investigation" into the false alarm.

The backlash from lawmakers was swift.

"There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process", he tweeted.

Ige also tweeted that he is meeting with top defense and emergency management officials from the state "to determine what caused this morning's false alarm and to prevent it from happening again".

Still in her pajamas at her condo with her husband the Port St. Lucie resident said she only saw a message telling her a missile threat was heading her way and to seek shelter. A revised alert informing of the "false alarm" didn't reach cellphones until 38 minutes later, according to the time stamp on images people shared on social media. "I was thinking what could we do?" His wife was at the gym.

Hawaii reintroduced Cold War-era warning siren tests last month amid the potential threat of missiles from North Korea. But there were problems there, too.

Flanagan said it only took five minutes before his family and friends were out of the room and following instructions from hotel staff to seek shelter. In the tourist hub of Waikiki, the sirens were barely audible, prompting officials to add more sirens there and reposition ones already in place.

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Sara Donchey, a reporter for an NBC affiliate in Texas, tweeted that she was in Honolulu during the incident.

"If it actually happened, I wouldn't have known and my family could have been dead", she said.

"No one had any idea what was really going on", the 28-year-old from NY told AFP, explaining they had no cell service underground.

"It was a procedure that occurs at the change of shift where they go through to make sure that the system, that it's working", Gov. David Ige told reporters.

Colonel Morris Davis, a former Pentagon official, attacked the President for continuing "his round of golf in Florida on his 120th taxpayer funded vacation day in less than a year" as Hawaiians "braced for a ballistic missile strike". "One person, human error - and that button was pushed anyway".

In an interview with CNN, Ige elaborated on the mistake. "And I'm sorry for that pain and confusion that anyone might have experienced".

"Everyone was freaking out, running through the streets", he said.

Rodriguez said, "I have never seen them jump out of bed, wake up, get dressed, and ready to rock and roll as quickly as they did this morning".

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