Hawaii emergency alert error causes panic, outrage

An emergency alert that warned of a ballistic missile heading directly for Hawaii on Saturday, which was mistakenly sent out, caused panic and outrage among celebrities, politicians, vacationers and locals.

Sent from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency at 8:07 a.m. local time, the alert read: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” It took the agency 38 minutes to send a follow-up alert correcting the error.

Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld said on Twitter that his wife, who was at a hotel when she received the alert, said there was “total hysteria/chaos. families evacuating told to seek a shelter. crying panic.”

Actor Jim Carrey tweeted that he “woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live. It was a false alarm, but a real psychic warning.”

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted as well, but in a more political, less philosophical vein. She attributed the false alert to President Trump, tweeting: “The real FEAR that mothers & fathers & children felt is on YOU. It is on YOUR ARROGANCE. HUBRIS. NARCISSISM. RAGE. EGO. IMMATURITY and your UNSTABLE IDIOCY.”

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