Death threats after Hawaii false alarm

HAWAIIANS are so mad over the bogus missile alert sent to their phones over the weekend that they're calling in death threats to the agency responsible, according to a new report.

The threats came in through the agency's public phone line, a spokesman for Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency told Hawaii News Now.

"We understand that members of our community are angry about Saturday's false alarm, and we are looking at these messages as individuals blowing off steam," the spokesman said in a statement issued to the outlet.

"While we take any threat against our personnel seriously, we are doing our best not to escalate the situation."

The Saturday morning local time alert - apparently caused by an employee hitting the wrong button on the agency's emergency system - jolted Hawaiians awake and sent some running for cover.

A second alert was sent out letting residents know it was a false alarm - but not until 45 minutes later.

"It was a mistake made during a standard procedure at the changeover of a shift and an employee pushed the wrong button," Gov. David Ige told CNN.

HEMA boss Vern Miyagi and Hawaii Gov. David Ige explain what went wrong.
HEMA boss Vern Miyagi and Hawaii Gov. David Ige explain what went wrong.

"The warning went out to cellphones, television and radio got the emergency alert."

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard spoke candidly to CNN's State of the Union program, blasting the "unacceptable" mistake.

"It's these kinds of mistakes that we have seen happen in the past that bring us to this brink of nuclear war that could be unintentional," she said.

"And that's really what's at stake here for the people of Hawaii."


This article originally appeared on theNew York Post and has been republished with permission