Hawaii's Ballistic Missile False Alarm Explained, Caused By Human Error [Video]

Hawaii residents were sent into a panic this morning when an emergency alert about an incoming ballistic missile was sent to cellphones.

Thankfully, it was just a false alarm.

You’re probably wondering how a false alarm of such magnitude could possibly happen. Well, according to the administrator of the state’s emergency management team someone literally pressed the wrong button.

via TMZ:

Vern Miyagi says there was an employee shift change on his team, and during this time a series of tests were run on the emergency alert system … but a button was accidentally pressed that triggered the real deal.

He says they were notified of the mistake shortly after and cancelled further messages from going out, but it took several minutes for a message to be sent notifying residents of the error. Miyagi apologized for the confusion and vowed to take steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

Earlier Saturday, Hawaii Governor David Ige confirmed their was never an actual missile threat and the false alarm was not the work of hackers or a foreign government. He also apologized.

Let’s hope it never happens again.

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