Hawaii officials say ballistic missile alert was mistake

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii emergency officials say an alert of a ballistic missile threat was a false alarm.

The alert stated there was a threat "inbound to Hawaii" and for residents to seek shelter and that "this is not a drill."

The alert caused a panic when it went to people's cellphones Saturday morning, but shortly after, authorities said it was a mistake.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Rapoza says it's not clear what caused the alert to go out.