The people of Hawaii have had a very scary past 24-hours after a ‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT’ alert was sent to residents' mobile phones and appeared on television screens, which turned out to be a false alarm.
The alert issued at 8:07am local time, read:
“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL".
It wasn’t until a good 38 minutes later that officials cancelled the alert revealing someone had pushed the wrong button.
"I was awakened by the alert like everyone else here in the state of Hawaii,” Governor David Ige revealed in a press conference aired on CNN.
“It was unfortunate and regrettable. We will be looking at how we can improve the procedures so it doesn't happen again.”
Hawaii residents took shelter where they could and gathered with loved ones in prayer believing they were about to die.
US President Donald Trump is yet to make any comments on the major error.