A push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic Saturday was a mistake, state emergency officials said.
"Please disregard message of nuclear attack", emergency officials wrote in a later message. Repeating, the Warning Message received this morning DOES NOT DEPICT A REAL MISSILE THREAT. "I repeat, there is NO THREAT at this time".
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said on Twitter that the alert was "a false alarm based on a human error".
A USA intelligence source closely involved with the situation in Hawaii tells THR that the alert was not caused by a hacking of Apple or any other phone service, but instead appears to have emanated from the state emergency service, where human error or an outside hack may be to blame. "Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill".
Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency tweeted there is no missile threat to the islands. "The whole state was terrified".
Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency then quickly announced that the message was a mistake. "There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process".
"There is no missile threat", he tweeted.
He was still "a little freaked out" and feeling paranoid even after hearing it was a false alarm.
Twitter users were in a frenzy as the situation unfolded.
The incident occurred amid high tensions internationally over North Korea's development of a ballistic nuclear weapon.