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Hawaii Representative Calls False Missile Alarm 'Unacceptable'—But Also A Wake-Up Call

By Collin Gossel

On the morning of Saturday, January 13, Hawaiians received a startling text message: 

BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

Hawaii representatives like Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced the panic had been a false alarm — 38 terrifying minutes later. Governor David Ige told reporters an employee triggered the alert by "hitting the wrong button." Gabbard commented to CNN's Jake Tapper that describing the incident as "traumatic" would be an understatement.

The urgent text message prompted many Hawaii residents to call their friends and family to say goodbye.