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story.lead_photo.caption This smartphone screen capture shows a false incoming ballistic missile emergency alert sent from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency system on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

HONOLULU — Hawaii emergency management officials say a push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii on Saturday was a mistake.

The emergency alert sent to cellphones said in all caps, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill."

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza says it's a false alarm.

He says the agency is trying to determine what happened.

The alert stirred panic for residents on the island and across social media.

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  • skeptic1
    January 13, 2018 at 8:58 p.m.

    And the Hollywood liberals immediately began tweeting that this is all Trump's fault. For God's sake do they read anything besides the Hollywood Reporter or watch anything other than MSNBC? The lunatic in North Korea has been allowed to pursue his nuclear program unchallenged by Obama for eight years and now he has them aimed at US territories. How in the Hell is this Trump's fault, you stand up to a bully you don't cower. How did stupidity become a virtue?