USA military's Pacific Command says no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii

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The emergency alert, which was sent to cellphones in Hawaii around 8 a.m. local time on Saturday, said in all caps, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii".

"USPACOM has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii", U.S. Navy Commander Dave Benham, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command, said in an email.

The alert sent people scrambling for shelters and their cars, and online for additional news.

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Tulsi Gabbard confirmed on Twitter that the alert was mistakenly sent out, and there was not threat of a missile.

Residents in Hawaii were left panic-stricken on Saturday morning when they received emergency text messages warning them, incorrectly, of an incoming ballistic missile.

Hawai'i residents were stunned this morning by what turned out to be a false alarm of an incoming missile launch. "Last fall, Hawaii started having drills, but no staff told us this".

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Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency then quickly announced that the message was a mistake.

"It was part of a drill that was going on", they said. Cell phones were overloaded and the Hawaii Emergency Management website appeared to go down.

- Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018State Warning Point has issued a Missile Alert in ERROR!

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The message was sent amid heightened nuclear tensions between the United States and North Korea.

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