Locals and tourists alike were left terrified in Hawaii after a false alarm sent directly to their phones warned them: “This is not a drill.”
An “emergency alert” sent to people all over the US island state on Saturday night read: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”
Reports on social media claim sirens sounded across the island as panicking residents sought to establish what was happening.
A spokesman for the Hawaii EMergency Managment Agency soon told NBC News there was “no missile threat to Hawaii”.
Local Democratic politician Tulsi Gabbard told the news network the mobile alert was a false alarm.
The U.S. military’s Pacific command said on Saturday there was no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii after a message was sent in error to Hawaii residents’ mobile phones.