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Ballistic missile threat emergency alert in Hawaii a false alarm

Ballistic missile threat emergency alert in Hawaii a false alarm

A ballistic missile alarm sent as an emergency alert to cell phones rattled the state of Hawaii on Saturday, but officials are calling it a false alarm.

Within minutes, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from the state, said officials confirmed to her that there was no missile threat in a tweet.

"USPACOM has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii.

Just last month Hawaii became the first state since the end of the Cold War to test nuclear sirens in preparation for a possible nuclear attack amid growing tensions with North Korea.

President Trump has focused a large part of his first year in office working to dismantle North Korea's growing nuclear program while also publicly mocking the country's leader, Kim Jong Un.

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