Hawaii ballistic missile threat alert was false alarm, officials say

After alert causes panic by saying residents should seek shelter, state emergency management spokesman says cause of error unclear

Hawaii emergency officials said on Saturday an alert on a ballistic missile threat was a false alarm.The alert stated there was a threat “inbound to Hawaii” and said residents should seek shelter. “This is not a drill,” it added.The alert caused a panic when it went to people’s cellphones on Saturday morning. Shortly afterwards, authorities said it was a mistake.Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Rapoza said it was not clear what caused the alert to go out. More follows…