Warning of ballistic missile inbound to Hawaii a 'false alarm'

Some professional golfers taking part in the Sony Open in Honolulu were also caught off guard.

At the PGA Tour's Sony Open on Oahu, Waialae Country Club was largely empty and players were still a few hours from arriving when the alert showed up. "We've been so safe for so long", he said.

Charles Howell III was among players staying at the Kahala Hotel on the golf course.

Minnesota Public Radio's Brian Bakst was in Maui with his family when they got the alert on their phones and smartwatches. He says, "We all just stared at each other".

People were rightfully concerned, and that likely has to do with growing tensions between the USA and North Korea. "State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible", Benham said.

After the alert was declared an error, many decried the fact that such an incredible error was allowed to happen.

Saiki says, "Clearly, government agencies are not prepared and lack the capacity to deal with emergency situations".

Washington Post social media editor Gene Park tweeted out a message from his friend in Hawaii, who said he was in his auto when the alert came and quickly had to decide where to drive out of several locations his family members were spread across, fearing he wouldn't reach them in time.

"Finally we got that alert saying it's a false alarm". The alert stated there was a threat "inbound to Hawaii" and urged residents to seek shelter. The alert also warned that "this is not a drill".


North Korean President Kim Jong-un has threatened to unleash his country's growing missile weapon capability against the USA territory of Guam or US states, prompting President Donald Trump to threaten tough actions against Pyongyang, including "fire and fury".

Trump is spending the weekend in Florida.

State civil defense officials confirmed at 8:45 a.m. today that there is no threat from a missile, and that an earlier warning was a "false alarm".

The missile threat was a false alarm.

U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Cmdr. "I have confirmed with officials there is no incoming missile".

The morning alert caused residents to panic.

While the message caused concern on social media, the Hawaii Office of Emergency Management quickly responded on Twitter, saying, "NO missile threat to Hawaii".

"Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii", the alert said.

Scores of confused residents tweeted screenshots of the warnings after receiving them shortly after 8am local time. "It's important to have accountability at the state level and the emergency management level in terms of what exactly what went wrong".

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