A few minutes ago, phones across Hawaii received the above emergency alert about a “ballistic missile threat inbound,” but according to state officials it isn’t true. It’s unclear what caused the message to go out, but we’ll have more information as it becomes available. US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii’s governer David Ige and the state’s Hawaii Emergency Management Agency all chimed in one Twitter to confirm the alert is fake. According to Buzzfeed reporter Amber Jamieson, one EMA employee confirmed the message went out by mistake as part of a drill.
NO missile threat to Hawaii.
— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) 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
There is NO missile threat. https://t.co/qR2MlYAYxL
— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) January 13, 2018