An Emergency Alert System (EAS) warning banner popped up Saturday during a live sports broadcast that claimed a ballistic missile was expected to hit Hawaii within minutes. The banner warned viewers, who tuned in to watch premier league teams Everton and Tottenham play at England’s Wembley Stadium, that all Hawaiian counties would be affected by the “civil danger” until roughly 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening.
“The U.S. Pacific Command has detected a missile threat to Hawaii,” the emergency announcer said. “A missile may impact on land or sea within minutes. This is not a drill.”
“If you are indoors, stay indoors. If you are outdoors, seek immediate shelter in a building. Remain indoors well away from windows. If you are driving, pull safely to the side of the road and seek shelter in a building or lay on the floor. We will announce when the threat has ended,” the announcer continued.
Holy hell this is terrifying.
— Chris Strider (@stridinstrider) January 13, 2018
Hawaiians originally received an emergency alert text message that cautioned them to seek shelter due to an incoming missile, reading: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” This text, however, was confirmed to be a “false alarm” as phones in Hawaii received a second emergency alert text 38 minutes that asserted it was mistakenly sent, CNN reported.
“This is a false alarm,” Hawaiian Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Saturday in a tweet. “There is no incoming missile to Hawaii. I have confirmed with officials there is no incoming missile.”
HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE. pic.twitter.com/DxfTXIDOQs
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 13, 2018
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