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Ballistic missile threat alert sent to Hawaii phones was a mista

Ballistic missile threat alert sent to Hawaii phones was a mista

A false ballistic missile threat alert was sent to Hawaii phones on Saturday morning, sending the state into a panic.

The Hawaii Emergency Management agency confirmed the alert was false, but did not say how the error was sent out.

Cell phones were overloaded while the Hawaii Emergency Management's website appeared to crash.

Though the error confirmation was sent within about 15 minutes on Twitter, it took emergency management officials nearly 40 minutes to send out a 'false alarm' alert to cell phones – using the same mechanism that sent out the emergency warning in the first place.

Hawaii's civil defense system failed Hawaii's residents this morning," said State Sen. Will Espero.

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