Emergency management officials say a push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii today was a mistake.

The emergency alert sent to mobile phones said in all caps: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza said it was a false alarm.

He says the agency is trying to determine what happened.

The alert stirred panic for residents on the island and across social media.

– AP and Digital desk

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