January 13, 2018
FCC To Investigate Hawaii’s Terrifying False Ballistic Missile Alert
The push notification alert went out just after 8 am HST, panicking residents and visitors. Apparently a false alarm during a drill, the alert, according to media speculation, was possibly a human error.
The all-caps alert was terrifying: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL” In addition to the push alert, the message was televised.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI, later tweeted this: