Hawaii sends out missile alert by mistake

BBC

People across the US state of Hawaii received a text on Saturday morning, warning of an impending missile strike. It was declared a false alarm shortly afterwards, but not before panic started to spread. "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill," read the message, all in capital letters.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency later confirmed there was no threat. In an online statement, Honolulu Police Department said: "State Warning Point has issued a Missile Alert in ERROR! There is NO threat to the State of Hawaii!"

The Honolulu Star also said emergency officials had sent the message by mistake, although it is not yet known how it happened.