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Warning of ballistic missile headed to Hawaii was a 'false alarm,' officials say

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Hawaiian officials say the emergency warning that residents received of an incoming ballistic missile was a mistake.

Shortly after 8 a.m. local time Saturday, residents and visitors in Hawaii received an alert on their phones, saying "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDITAE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL." Several minutes later, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said the alert was sent by mistake.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Richard Rapoza told the Associated Press that it is not clear why the alert went out to Hawaii's millions of residents and visitors.

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