This is absolutely insane. I would be LOSING MY MIND.
On Saturday Morning, Hawaiian residents received a frightening alert on their phones: A warning about a BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT.
Scores of confused residents tweeted screenshots of the warnings after receiving them shortly after 8am local time.
The Department of Defense has not confirmed whether the threat was genuine or if it was sent out by mistake.
The message, which was written all in block capitals, read: ‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.
‘SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL’.
Holy freaking crap.
The latest update? Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency said this was a false alarm. I guess I missed that with the whole part reading, “THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
NO missile threat to Hawaii.
— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018
CONFIRMED INFO from the State of Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency. There is NO MISSILE THREAT TO HAWAII. https://t.co/P1iZVK7VSF
— KING 5 News (@KING5Seattle) January 13, 2018
This is the full text of the emergency alert that was mistakenly issued for Hawaii. Again, NO missiles have been launched. pic.twitter.com/FLGSd4Er9V
— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) January 13, 2018
I have so many questions. How did this happen? Why? Who’s responsible? Why aren’t they giving any more details?
Can y’all give some more details on this? Why was this message sent? Was there a missile but it veered in a different direction or something? Transparency please!
— Pris Blossom (@PrisBlossom) January 13, 2018
Will there be a clarifying alert sent out?
— Ron Garan (@Astro_Ron) January 13, 2018
You have 1 job.
— Billyhusky (@huskybill2611) January 13, 2018
I’m still shaking. I was expecting the worst.
— Adrian (@ShortGeek808) January 13, 2018
There has not been a second emergency alert sent out to Hawaii saying that what the first alert stated was false
— Amanda Golden (@amandawgolden) January 13, 2018
Thank you for verification. Caused panic Statewide. What was reason for false alarm?
— Neil Ahearn (@AhearnNeil) January 13, 2018
So this emergency alert message was sent to phones all around the hawaii area and it turned out to be “just a mistake.” To me a mistake is getting the license plate one digit off on an amber alert and quickly fixing it not a freaking ballistic missile launch alert oh my god. pic.twitter.com/cljjoSyDlQ
— RyansAverageLife (@RyanAbe) January 13, 2018
HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE. pic.twitter.com/DxfTXIDOQs
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 13, 2018
— @livemapus (@livemapus) January 13, 2018
Nothing about this is funny. We need answers now.