People in Hawaii are freaking out over a text which warned them of an impending ballistic missile threat heading their way.
Panic tore through the US state after residents were told to ‘seek immediate shelter’, and were warned that ‘this is not a drill’.
The warning said in capitals: ‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.
‘SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.’
Terrified residents took to Twitter to share pictures of the text after they received them on Saturday morning.
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
One person wrote: ‘This morning was really scary. Just wanted to let you know, if Hawaii ever gets nuked, I love you all and the run we had was fun. I appreciate each of you.’
Another said: ‘Sirens are going off in Hawaii about a missile threat inbound to Hawaii. What the heck is happening? I don’t even know where to go bruh.’
While one Twitter user added: ‘WHY DID I JUST GET A EMERGENCY SAYING THERE’S A BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII N ITS NOT A DRILL….’
‘Just received a “Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound to Hawaii Seek Immediate Shelter. This is not a Drill.” on my phone. The hotel has instructed us to stay indoors. WTF #hawaii,’ said another.
And another panicked person said: ‘So I just got a warning that there is a ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii…I really hope and pray that this is a sick joke. Be safe Hawaii and lets all pray for safety.’
But emergency officials quickly told residents the alert was a mistake, with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency writing: ‘NO missile threat to Hawaii.’
Spokesman Richard Repoza said it was a false alarm and the agency is trying to determine what happened.
A spokesman for the U.S. military’s Pacific command said it ‘detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii’ and warning had been sent in error.