Hawaii Senator: False Alarm Of Incoming Missile Was ‘Totally Inexcusable’

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 14: Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, speaks during a news conference in the Capitol to announce the newly formed Senate Climate Change Task Force. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) on Saturday said a false alarm warning Hawaii of an inbound missile threat was “totally inexcusable.”

“The whole state was terrified,” Schatz tweeted. “There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process.”

The initial alert sent out to cell phones read, “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”

A second alert declared the first warning a “false alarm” and said, “There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii.”