Emily Batty (Trek Factory), along with potentially thousands of residence and tourists on the island, were sent into a panic when they received a text message warning of an incoming ballistic missile while on a training ride in Hawaii on Saturday.
Emergency officials later confirmed that the push alert was a mistake, according to The Associated Press.
The emergency push alert that Batty received on her mobile phone read in all capital letters “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”
6 mins into our ride here in Hawaii and this is the text I just received? Not sure what to do. Sirens are going off. pic.twitter.com/D5USDAw3wp
— Emily Batty (@emilybatty) January 13, 2018
The alert caused a wide-ranging, full-blown panic across the island and on social media, and was reported in the international press.
According to The Associated Press report, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza said it was a false alarm and the agency was trying to determine what happened.
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