Hawaiians wake up to false alarm of imminent ballistic missile attack

Hawaiians woke up to emergency alerts on their mobile phones today about an imminent ballistic missile attack. But U.S. officials said it was a false alarm.

Hawaiians woke up to emergency alerts on their phones today about an imminent ballistic missile attack which they later learned was a false alarm.

The emergency alert was sent to people's mobile phones in Hawaii at about 8:08 a.m. local time with the startling words, "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL."

A spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Command, Dave Benham, told ABC News in a statement that no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii was detected.

"Earlier message was sent in error. State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible," Benham said.

When asked for comment on the emergency alert, a spokesperson for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said in a statement to ABC News, “We see absolutely nothing from NORAD in terms of a missile warning and refer you to the state of Hawaii”

PHOTO: A mistaken alert went out Saturday warning of a missile headed toward Hawaii.Obtained by ABC News
A mistaken alert went out Saturday warning of a missile headed toward Hawaii.
ABC News' Morgan Winsor contributed to this report.

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