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hawaii emergency officials say alert of ballistic missile threat was mistake

an alert caused a panic when it went to people's cellphones saturday morning about a missile strike, but shortly after, authorities said it was a mistake. photo credit: edwin lim by the associated pressupdated january 13, 2018 3:30 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailhonolulu - a push alert that warned of a ballistic missile heading straight for hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic saturday was issued by mistake, state emergency officials said.the emergency alert, which was sent to cellphones just before 8:10 a.m., said in all caps, "ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill." the hawaii emergency management agency tweeted that there was threat about 10 minutes later. but a revised push alert stating there was no threat went out sometime after that.agency spokesman richard repoza confirmed it was a false alarm and the agency is trying to determine what happened.the incident prompted defense agencies including the pentagon and the u.s. pacific command to issue the same statement, that they had "detected no ballistic missile threat to hawaii."michael kucharek, spokesman for the north american aerospace defense command in colorado springs, colorado, said norad and the u.s. northern command are still trying to verify what happened in hawaii — but that "norad did not see anything that indicated any sort of threat to hawaii."norad is a u.s.-canada joint command that conducts aerospace warning, ae...